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Ubisoft launches second season of start-up incubator program

"Ubisoft is proud of its roots and has not forgotten that its very own adventure began as a start-up," says program sponsor

Ubisoft announced this week the second season of its start-up incubator program at the world's largest start-up campus, Station F.

Sponsored by Alain Corre, executive director of EMEA Territories at Ubisoft, the program's focus this year is augmented reality and how blockchain technology can intersect with the entertainment industry.

Mimesys, one of the four start-ups, is exploring the future of long distance communications with holographic AR and VR meeting platforms, while Panda Guide is developing an AR headset for people suffering visual impairment.

Ubisoft will also be supporting iExec as it attempts to build a virtual cloud infrastructure that that could have applications in the field of artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, Azarus is focused on developing protocols and solutions specifically dedicated to the games industry.

"Although we have been in business for more than 30 years and now have more than 13,000 employees, Ubisoft is proud of its roots and has not forgotten that its very own adventure began as a start-up," said Corre.

"We are still driven by the same enthusiasm to develop creative and innovative gaming experiences. By supporting start-ups, Ubisoft hopes to encourage the emergence of new ideas, projects and entrepreneurs that will help shape the future of entertainment, all together."

While Station F in France is the largest of Ubisoft's start-up operations, the publisher runs similar programs in Canada and Germany.

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