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Yannis Mallat, CEO Of Ubisoft Montreal, Talks Watch Dogs, Next-Gen And Next Steps

By Eltoneldreth(view all posts by Eltoneldreth)
at 19:02 PM Wednesday 28 August, 2013
under General

Someone should probably call security Yannis Mallat is a transplant to Montreal, although a well-established one he joined Ubisoft here in 2000, originally as a producer. In that capacity, he worked on some of the titles that helped Ubisoft to transition from mid-budget maker of TV tie-ins to its current crop of homegrown IPs. The Montreal studio, where he took the CEO role in 2006, now produces many of Ubisofts biggest franchises, especially for the core gamer external link the core releases of the Splinter Cell, Far Cry and Assassins Creed franchises are made either in Montreal itself or the satellite offices in Quebec City and Toronto. Last year, Ubisoft totted up 1.256 billion in revenues, with 802 million of that in the third quarter that is, the holiday period. This is likely to be further exaggerated this year by the arrival of the next-gen consoles, and after an anemic first quarter (76 million revenues representing a 42% drop on the prior year), the holiday sales will be vital and in particular the Montreal products Assassins Creed 4 and Watch Dogs.

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