Ubisoft Philippines formally opened its game development studio at the De La Salle University Laguna Campus last July 27. It is the French gaming company’s only facility co-developing AAA games in the country.
Ubisoft has selected DLSU as its home in the Philippines for several reasons. Easily accessible from Manila, the expansive DLSU Laguna Campus is located in a burgeoning technological and industrial hub that’s poised to become the country’s Silicon Valley.
Studio Manager Chip Go also shares that the campus provides Ubisoft employees with an environment that’s conducive to collaboration and creativity. Ubisoft’s space in the campus’ John L. Gokongwei Jr. Innovation Center features an open-floor design and breakout spaces to encourage collaboration among game designers.
Former DLSU Chancellor Dr. Robert Roleda has expressed enthusiasm about Ubisoft’s presence in the campus. “Instead of just being close to the [gaming] industry, we have the industry inside our campus itself. Ubisoft will provide us the know-how in world-class development, something that the Philippines has never seen before.”
The University is working with Ubisoft to develop the country’s next generation of game developers through new programs. DLSU currently offers Bachelor of Science in Interactive Entertainment. Future game developers can choose from two majors: Game Development and Game Art and Design.