Paris, France – April 29, 2008 – Today Ubisoft announces that Kiev, Ukraine, has been
chosen as the location of its latest internal development studio.
The studio represents Ubisoft’s third studio in Eastern Europe, and the fifth new studio to swell
the group’s ranks in the last few months.
The Ukraine has long been of interest to the game industry and has numerous gaming-related
companies in operation across the country. Home to over 100 of the country’s 300 IT
universities and institutions, and with over 7000 graduates in software-related disciplines
annually, the city of Kiev was quickly determined to be a promising location for a new Ubisoft
studio. A core team of 12 developers, led by Vitalii Blazheiev, has already contributed to the
PC version of Blazing Angels®: Secret Missions of WWII. The team plans to have 50 people in
the studio within the next 12 months.

Ubisoft has been present in Eastern Europe for over 15 years, and in 1992 was the first
international publisher to open a studio in Bucharest, Romania. After the positive reception of
game franchises such as Silent Hunter® and Blazing Angels, the group decided to open a
studio in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2006. Today, Ubisoft Sofia has over 50 people and is actively
recruiting in order to double in size within the next year. At the same time, Ubisoft Bucharest
has over 500 people in its production, testing and IT departments, with ambitious plans to
reach 650 people within the same time frame. This would bring Ubisoft’s overall presence to
over 800 people in the region, and its development teams to over 350 by early 2009.
“We have had a very positive experience in Eastern Europe, as the quality of the upcoming
Tom Clancy’s HAWX™ developed by our Bucharest studio can attest,” said Christine Burgess-
Quémard, executive director, worldwide studios at Ubisoft. “Having seen the potential
demonstrated by the Sofia studio’s first projects, it was only natural for us to pursue our
expansion in this region and attract a new pool of highly-skilled talents to the group.”
Initially, the Kiev studio will directly collaborate with Ubisoft Bucharest, primarily contributing
to projects such as the PC version of Tom Clancy’s HAWX, and will operate under the
responsibility of Sebastien Delen, Managing Director of Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Sofia.

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