Ubisoft is making less money from physical games, and it appears that some of its employees will come face to face with the consequences of that. According to a letter that a member of the ResetEra forums shared this morning, the Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six maker plans to close down some of its offices throughout Europe, including one in Benelux, which seems to have been mostly involved with the supply of physical releases. Ubisoft Benelux will be no more as of April 1st, an interesting date to choose for something like this.
From a ResetEra post:
As we all know, the market is constantly evolving and as an organization we need to keep up with it. At this time, Ubisoft is facing several challenges due to external factors, such as the decline in sales volume of physical games in favor of digital sales, the centralization of marketing by digitizing all our communication channels, the shift from major retail releases to F2P, mobile and seasonal games and less major physical shows.
To meet the challenges of the future, Ubisoft’s management has decided to close a number of subsidiaries in Europe. Unfortunately, the Ubisoft Benelux entity is subject to the intended closure with most employees departing as of April 1st, 2023.
Due to the closure, Ubisoft BV will fully outsource the current distribution of physical games in the Benelux to a distributor to be announced at a later stage.