Ubisoft has announced that it’s laying off 124 employees from the company, mainly based in Canada, as well as part of its global IT team. Reports suggest that the company is making layoffs in Ubisoft Montreal, the studio behind numerous Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry games.
Ubisoft says these layoffs were done in an effort to “streamline our operations and enhance our collective efficiency” so that it can better position itself for long-term success. Unfortunately this means that at least 124 employees had to be terminated from the company from various divisions, mainly impacting Ubisoft Montreal in Canada and its global IT team. Ubisoft Montreal is the company’s largest in-house development team with over 4,000 employed as of 2021.
In a statement issued to Video Games Chronicle, Ubisoft spoke about its decision to lay off over a hundred employees:
“Over the past few months, every team within Ubisoft has been exploring ways to streamline our operations and enhance our collective efficiency so that we are better positioned for success in the long term. In this context, today we announced that we are reorganizing our Canadian studios’ general and administrative functions and reducing headcount in Hybride (our VFX studio based in Montreal) and in our global IT team, which impacts 124 positions overall.”
“These are not decisions taken lightly and we are providing comprehensive support for our colleagues who will be leaving Ubisoft during this transition,” the statement added. “We also want to share our utmost gratitude and respect for their many contributions to the company. This restructuring does not affect our production teams.”
2023 has seen a significant amount of layoffs from the gaming industry with many studios and companies being hit including Epic Games, BioWare, Telltale Games, Riot Games, Naughty Dog and many others.
Ubisoft is currently working on the next mainline Assassin’s Creed game, the feudal Japan-based Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, which is rumoured to launch in 2024. The company’s production teams seemingly won’t be affected by these recent layoffs.
Source: Video Games Chronicle