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After 18 years, Ubisoft Casablanca is closing up shop

After 18 years, Ubisoft Casablanca is closing up shop

June 9, 2016 | By Alex Wawro

Of all the Ubisoft studios, in all the towns, in all the world, Ubisoft Casablanca will be shut down on June 13th -- a few months after its 18th birthday.

 The studio opened in Morocco in April of '98 and has contributed to a variety of Ubisoft projects throughout its lifetime, most recently games like Rayman LegendsChild of Light and Valiant Hearts.

In closing it, Ubisoft acknowledged the Casablanca studio's long history of portable game development but admitted it had been unable to figure out a viable place for the studio in Ubisoft's current business plan.

“Unfortunately, as the video game market evolved in the past few years, we didn’t find a sustainable formula for the studio within our broader network,"  stated Ubisoft Mobile exec Jean-Michel Detoc in a press release announcing the closure. "We thank the Casablanca team for their hard work throughout the years.”

Gamasutra has reached out to Ubisoft about the number of jobs being lost and learned that Ubisoft Casablance currently has 48 employees, though the company is "working with the team to find positions within Ubisoft or assistance for those who will no longer work for the company." 

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