Ubisoft® acquires Hybride Technologies, creator of visual effects for the films 300 and Sin City
Fusion between creator of best-selling video game brands and renowned special effects studio a groundbreaking event for digital entertainment
Created over 15 years ago, Hybride employs 80 team members. The studio's many projects include such innovative films as 300, Frank Miller's Sin City and the Spy Kids series.
Ubisoft will work closely with Hybride to share technology and to develop tools in order to optimize the creation of both video games and visual effects and to offer gamers visual experiences that rival those of the cinema. At the same time, Hybride will continue to work with its film partners while also bringing its expertise to leverage Ubisoft's intellectual properties for the movie industry.
"The future of our industry depends on our ability to create brands that captivate audiences and to extend those brands to other forms of entertainment," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. "The acquisition of Hybride falls directly into the strategy that has already led us to open a digital creation studio in Montreal and to acquire the Tom Clancy brand for video games and ancillary products. The exceptional quality of the team at Hybride and the expertise of our Ubisoft teams will allow us to create one of the best 3D animation studios in the entertainment industry."
"This alliance is a true first for the industry," continued Yannis Mallat, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Montreal. "Ubisoft and Hybride share the same vision of entertainment convergence and a common passion for innovation and creativity."
"It is the quality and innovation of our artists that made Hybride into one of the most successful studios in cinema and the most important visual effects producer on the North American East Coast," stated Pierre Raymond, founder and chief executive officer at Hybride Technologies. "The sharing of technological and creative expertise between Ubisoft and Hybride will position the two companies at the head of the pack in an entertainment industry in rapid evolution."
In addition to bringing its technological knowledge and its collaboration to Ubisoft's brands, Hybride will continue to work with its external partners. The forecast is that this visual effects creation activity for cinema, television and advertising will initially generate sales of approximately 6 to 7 M€ and a current operating income of about 10 % of sales.
Ubisoft ist ein weltweit führender Hersteller, Publisher und Distribuent für interaktive Unterhaltungsprodukte. Das Unternehmen ist durch sein hochwertiges und vielfältiges Produktspektrum sowie durch beständige Partnerschaften stetig weiter gewachsen. Ubisoft hat Niederlassungen in 27 Ländern und vertreibt seine Produkte in mehr als 55 Ländern rund um den Globus. Ubisoft liefert höchste Qualität in bahnbrechenden Computer- und Videospielen. Im Fiskaljahr 2007-08 erzielte Ubisoft einen Umsatz von 928 Millionen Euro. Mehr Informationen unter www.ubisoftgroup.com.