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Ubisoft Exec: The Company “Would Not Be The Same” If Vivendi Takes Over
Ubisoft is quite concerned over Vivendi’s takeover of the company and Yves Guillemot has been making efforts to stop this from happening. Ubisoft’s Vice President of live operations has emphasized that if Vivendi takes over the company “It wouldn’t be the same”.
Speaking with PCGamesN, Anne Blondel said that the only thing that made the company successful is its independence and if it is taken away then it will not 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.
I know what made us so successful for 30 years, is being super independent, being very autonomous.
She added that Ubisoft’s independence allows it to take risks and has been taking risks with games like The Crew, Child Of Light and Valiant Hearts.
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.
Since Vivendi overtook Gameloft, the company has geared up its efforts to stop the takeover as both, Ubisoft and Gameloft, were founded by The Guillemot family. Vivendi is still denying their interest in taking over Ubisoft but the later openly claimed on a number of occasions how Vivendi is planning a hostile takeover.
Currently the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with another giveaway program through which anyone with a Ubisoft account can get a free game or goodies, daily, for a whole month starting from November 24.
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