Ubisoft closes Vancouver development studio formerly known as Action Pants

Ubisoft announced yesterday that it has closed its Vancouver development studio, which previously worked on various sports titles for the publisher, including: Pure Futbol for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.

The studio was previously known as Action Pants Inc. which was acquired by Ubisoft in 2009. Action Pants was established in 2006 by industry veterans Simon Andrews, Nik Palmer and Omar Al-Khafaji, Action Pants Inc. and at one point employed more than 110 video game developers in Yaletown.

“Ubisoft confirms that we have made the difficult decision to close its studio in Vancouver,” a Ubisoft spokesperson told Game Informer.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t found the right formula for success for the talented team there. We thank our Vancouver team for their hard work and the projects that they have delivered. Team members will have the opportunity to consider positions in other Ubisoft studios and we will work with each of them to help find the best next step, whether it be within Ubisoft or outside.”

Prior to being acquired by Ubisoft, the studio was ranked as one of the BC’s Top 50 employers in 2008 and 2009, and was among BC Business magazine’s “Best Companies to work for in BC in 2007.”