I wanted to learn more about China and a new opportunity presented itself at the end of 2007: building a new Ubisoft studio in Chengdu.
Originally hailing from Canada, I started my career with Ubisoft in 1997. In 2005, I was looking for a change, something that would take me out of my comfort zone. While looking at international mobility, I found something enticing: an internal job posting for Ubisoft Shanghai, China. I was single with little commitment and I suddenly wanted to learn more about China and its long history. This was my chance, so I decided to take it and move to Shanghai.
It was a first step in China that completely altered my perception of the world. In Shanghai, I was able to live a new life, discover a fascinating new culture and create new friendships, either with local Chinese people or with people from all over the world. Some of these friendships are still alive today. Ultimately, I enjoyed my time in Shanghai, but I wanted to learn more about China and a new opportunity presented itself at the end of 2007: building a new Ubisoft studio in Chengdu, Sichuan.
So, in January 2008, I decided to pack my bags and move to Chengdu to build a studio from the ground up, starting with fresh graduates and a handful of senior people. Our goal was to make games for Chinese players and offer them the best possible entertainment experiences to enrich their lives. It was a big challenge, and it required a lot of work and sacrifices but I wouldn't do it any other ways.