Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (Euronext: UBI) (pronounced /ˈjuːbisɒft/ YOU-bee-soft) is a French computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. The company has a worldwide presence with studios in 17 countries and subsidiaries in 28 countries.
Ubisoft has been criticized for its misuse of certain key terms in its advertising material, potentially to confuse or mislead consumers. Most notably the use of:
- Iconic on new IPs, which have not had time to become widely recognized and well-established amongst the public.
- Gameplay on video material containing only cinematic footage.
- Access for subscriptions and other paid live service models.
Ubisoft has come under fire for its abusive work environment and the lack of accountability amongst the upper management and HR. After the abuse become public in 2020, Ubisoft issued the statement "We have a roadmap, we promise to be better", but did not enact any changes. Executives involved in the sexual harassment either resigned or kept their jobs/positions.
As the world's third largest independent video game company, Ubisoft studios employs the second largest amount of in-house development staff in the world and has several divisions and offices across the globe.
- Sinister Games — Acquired 2000/Closed 2003
- Sunflowers Interactive — Acquired 2007/Closed ??
- Quazal Technologies — Acquired 2010/Closed ??
- THQ Montreal — Acquired 2013/Closed ??
- Ubisoft Casablanca - Opened 1998/Closed 2016
- Ubisoft São Paulo - Opened 2008/Closed 2010
- Ubisoft Vancouver - Acquired 2009/Closed 2012
- Ubisoft Zurich - Opened 2011/Closed 2013
- Wolfpack Studios — Acquired 2004/Closed 2006
- Ubisoft Entertainment SA was formally known as Ubi Soft Entertainment Software.