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Blue Byte to control F2P for Ubisoft in Europe

German studio to employ 70 new staff this year, new projects in development

Ubisoft subsidiary Blue Byte will take responsibility for all of the publisher's free-to-play games in Europe.

Following the successful launch of browser game The Settlers Online, Ubisoft intends to create around 70 new jobs at Blue Byte's Dusseldorf studio by the end of the year.

Andrej Maibaum, human resources manager at Ubisoft Germany, told Germany that the studio is looking for interantional development talent to build on its current staff of 120.

Maibaum also confirmed that Blue Byte has several free-to-play projects in development, inlcuding Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, which is currently taking applications for beta testing.

In its first fiscal quarter earnings report, Ubisoft's digital business showed growth of 45 per cent, despite on overall drop in year-on-year revenue.

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