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Vivendi’s Stéphane Roussel appointed as the new CEO of Gameloft

Former Vivendi COO Stphane Roussel has been named CEO of Gameloft during its shareholders’ meeting yesterday. In addition to Roussel, four new members also entered the Gameloft board of directors: Sbastien Bollor (chairman of Omnium Bollor, director and chairman of Blue Solutions USA), Frdric Crpin (member of the Vivendi management …

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Vivendi completes Gameloft acquisition

The Guillemot family, who founded mobile studio Gameloft, have now sold its remaining share of the company to Vivendi, the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper adds that the family took this decision with regret”, after the entertainment giant already took control of 56 per cent of Gameloft last week. …

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Ubisoft promises more character diversity in future titles

Future games from publisher Ubisoft will showcase a greater diversity of lead characters, the company’s CEO has pledged. "We are working on that," Yves Guillemot told CVG. "We want to spend more time on the worlds and characters in our games. You will see more and more of this at …

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Ubisoft promises increased focus on open-world gaming

Yves Guillemot has said that his company must increase its open-world gaming output as it looks to capitalise on the upcoming arrival of the next-generation. "We have put to the market nine open-world games over the last seven years, including two in 2013,” the CEO told investors, as reported by …

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How Ubisoft is transforming Hollywood, TV and the next generation

Ubisoft’s next-gen titles may have dominated its E3 headlines, but the firm also showed off an interactive TV show, a new movie, and smartphone apps linked to its games. Michael French spoke to CEO Yves Guillemot to find out more… Xbox One and PS4 were quite aggressive at E3 this …

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Ubisoft CEO Guillemot urges industry to share digital sales figures

The head of Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft is the latest games exec to call for publishers and digital retailers to release their sales data. CEO Yves Guillemot claims that greater transparency from the downloads market will benefit the overall games industry, which retail stats show to be in decline. "It …

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Guillemot: This year is a turning point for Ubisoft

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has declared the current financial year is "a turning point" for the publisher after higher-than-expected Q4 sales. The exec said the company’s decision to strengthen its core gamer offering, venture into free-to-play and grow its online revenues is paying off. His comments follow today’s announcement of …

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Extended console cycles are bad for the industry, Ubisoft argues

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has claimed that the length of the current console generation has damaged the games industry. And with Wii U launching this week and at least one of Xbox 720 and PS4 likely to launch next year, he’s calling on platform holders to make sure the next …

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Ubisoft boss "can’t say he’s happy" with Wii U launch price

Yves Guillemot has admitted that he would have preferred Nintendo to launch with a lower price for the Wii U. The console arrives in North America this weekend and then in the UK on November 30th. Typical prices as of right now start at around 250 for the (hard to …

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YVES ONLINE: MCV interviews Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot

Just over one year ago, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot fired a warning shot at EA and Activision. The resolute yet softly-spoken Frenchmen told MCV that Ubisoft was on a trajectory to become the No.1 publisher in the world. Today, he’s not so sure. The market is changing,” he says. We …

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