updated 09:35 am EDT, Mon September 25, 2006
Epic outsources to China
Continuing a worrisome trend for North American workers, Epic Games has decided to found a studio called Epic Games China, GamesIndustry reports. The new outfit will help produce assets for Epic titles, and will reputedly be staffed by employees who have worked on Ubisoft series such as Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six. Not too coincidentally, Ubisoft has its own Chinese studio in Shanghai, which is where EGC will be based. The financial advantages of China are considerable - Epic's Jay Wilbur notes that while the costs per man month in North America are about $9,000, they're equivalent to just $4,000 US in China. This is attributable mainly to exchange rates and lower labour standards.