Headquartered in Rennes, France, Ubisoft Entertainment SA, has suffered ups and downs, but nonetheless stays strong. Known for titles such as Prince of Persia, Far Cry, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed, it’s a big competitor against other companies such as Electronic Arts and Bethesda. Its Uplay app is also a competition against Steam.
1990 - Started Developing, not a stock company yet
Around March 1986, the five Guillemot brothers put together a deal with Electronic Arts, Microprose, and Sierra Online to distribute their games in France. Around the 1990’s, Ubisoft, as we now know them, started making games.
1992 Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Paris, 1994 Ubisoft Montpellier, 1996 Ubisoft Annecy and Ubisoft Shanghai, 1997 Ubisoft Montreal, 1998 Ubisoft Barcelona and Ubisoft Milan
As their market grew, Ubisoft went on to create branches all over the world, all to tap into the different talents spread worldwide and cultures from all over the globe.
1999 – joined the stock market at EUR5.66
With a powerful foundation in the gaming market, Yves Guillemot, heading Ubisoft at the time, readied the company into the stock market, starting at EUR5.66 per share. A small start, but a good one nonetheless.
2000 - Red Storm 2008 Massive Entertainment, rose to EUR 33.32
Soon, Ubisoft went on to buy other gaming companies. Red Storm, the creator of the Tom Clancy games and one of Ubisoft’s most famous games, was bought at an undisclosed price, but Ubisoft’s spending for that year showed that the price might have been around USD30mil.
2009 – Ubisoft San Francisco, 2010, Ubisoft Toronto, 2011, Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, stock price at EUR3.79
As the 2008 financial crisis came to its peak, the gaming industry also suffered, and Ubisoft was no exception to the damage that the depression brought.
2013 - Related Designs Software, ended at EUR10.15
In 2013, with new subsidiaries such as Related Designs and Nadeo, Ubisoft’s stock price fought back. Rising to EUR10.15 per share, the company’s stock price was on a good way to the top.
2015 – Ubisoft Halifax, Ivory Tower stock price peaked at EUR26.17
2016 – Ubisoft Philippines, Ketchapp, Peaked in August at EUR37.74
In 2016, Ubisoft hit its peak at EUR37.74. As of this writing, we should only expect higher prices in the future.
Ubisoft has had obstacles along the way. Like all of us, we should also expect for the better, even when the worst has come. Who knows – maybe todays suffering might actually be simply a dip into the peak of the future?