Ubisoft Exec Talks About Vivendi Takeover Fears

Ubisoft Exec Talks About Vivendi Takeover Fears

Amidst fears that they’ll be taken over by Vivendi, Ubisoft’s vice president of live operations shared her thoughts on the matter, saying that the publisher “wouldn’t be the same.”

"I know for a fact, having been there for 20 years, that if you [separate] us from our independence, if you take away the way we like taking risks and inventing new stuff, well it’s not going to be the same Ubisoft--for me, it wouldn’t be the same,” said Anne Blondel in an interview with PCGamesN (via GameSpot).

"I know what made us so successful for 30 years, is being super independent, being very autonomous,” she added.

Blondel went on to talk about the range of games that wouldn’t exist had Ubisoft not had the freedom to experiment.

"Sometimes we take a lot of risks, you think about The Crew, that was a risk. People would look at that like, 'Maybe it’s not going to work, another racing game, what are you thinking?' Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, all those kinds of titles."

Vivendi – a French multimedia company – has had its eye on Ubisoft for a while now, slowly buying up shares in the publisher. Ubisoft has attempted to counter these efforts by appointing their own independent directors, but it hasn’t deterred Vivendi, who recently gained over 21 percent of voting rights. Vivendi have also disrupted Ubisoft’s day-to-day running by abstaining on voting on resolutions.

Current Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that he would not continue to work under a Vivendi-owned Ubisoft.


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Comments Comments (4)

Posted by Rapidity
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 11:00 AM
I find it so laughable that they're trying to claim what makes them great is their independence. Their not independent, their on the stock market and are beholden to their investors.
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 4:40 PM
Cringependant, that's what they should title their E3 presentations from now on
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 4:49 PM
Oh no, no more 30 fps is more cinematic? no more horribly optimized games? less lies? Be gone with you!
Posted by AdamC
On Saturday 26 Nov 2016 12:39 PM
Ubisoft isn't exactly known for quality or variety I thought? Assassin creed and far cry are very similar gameplay despite the different franchise. Climb high tower unlock map and kill this or that.
It's fun for a little bit but very repetitive imo.