Ubisoft acquires Action Pants Inc.

Paris-headquarted Ubisoft announced today that it will be expanding its studio operations to Vancouver through the acquisition of video game developer Action Pants Inc. This marks Ubisoft’s first in-house development studio on the West Coast.

Established in 2006 by industry veterans Simon Andrews, Nik Palmer and Omar Al-Khafaji, Action Pants Inc. currently employs more than 110 video game developers. Based in Yaletown, the studio was ranked as one of the BC’s Top 50 employers in 2008 and 2009, and among BC Business magazine’s “Best Companies to work for in BC in 2007.”

2009 will see the release of the studio’s first title, a sports game developed exclusively for Wii. This new intellectual property will expand upon Ubisoft’s recent success in the sports genre with the Shaun White Snowboarding franchise.

Great to see some positive news coming out of the Vancouver gaming space and in particular Yaletown. Who knows… maybe they’ll pick up the plum office space EA spent years building out before pulling the plug on the project.