How to ship global gaming blockbusters from China - Jean-Francois Vallee (Ubisoft)

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM UTC

At Chengdu's 16th Startup Grind it will be about global gaming blockbusters. The studio manager of Ubisoft's 200-people location in Chengdu, Jean-Francois Vallee, will share his experience with the community. Chengdu's studio was involved in games such as Assassins Creed, Splinter Cell and Rayman.

In-person event

About this event


Jean-Francois Vallee has been involved in the video game industry since 1995. He joined Ubisoft Montreal as gameplay programmer in 1997.

Since then, he had the opportunity to work as a multi-disciplinary programmer on various titles, including the Assassins Creed, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Monkey King Escape, Might & Magic, The Smurfs and Rayman, and has been travelling to many Ubisoft Studios around the world.

In 2008, JF was involved in starting a new Ubisoft studio in Chengdu, China as the Director of Development. As of October 2013, he's managing the daily operations of the studio as the Studio Manager of Ubisoft Chengdu.


Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs.

Ubisoft counts 12,000 employees across the world and has established a production workforce of over 200 talents in Chengdu since 2008. For the 2016-17 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,460 million.


// TOPICS //

-How to make a gaming studio’s strategy & direction and overseeing 

-Challenges of a global game developer in China

-How is the gaming industry in China compared to other countries?

-How to cooperate with multiple studios around the world? What makes Chengdu different / special?

-How to build the right culture for a gaming company?

// VENUE //

Tianfu Software Park .lab

Founded in 2007, Tianfu Software Park .lab is an innovative incubator under the management of Tianfu Software Park concentrating on mobile internet. It is one of the most important platforms in the field of mobile internet in China.

With existing incubation area of 35,000m², Tianfu Software Park .lab has incubated over 1,000 projects, with currently 250 projects under incubation

The Lab has successfully incubated domestic and international leading enterprises and products, including Tap4fun, Camera360, TestBird, Codoon, LionMobi, XGIMI, 56QQ (Truck Alliance), Medlinker, MAIZIEDU and Ludashi, as well as mobile phone games with monthly turnover exceeding RMB ten million, such as Galaxy Empire, King’s Empire, Spartan Wars, Three Blade Masters, Empire Defense 3, Hua Qian Gu, Ninja Story and Invasion.

Check out what happened


  • Jean-Francois Vallee


    Studio Manager



Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM UTC


10:30 AMRegistration
11:00 AMIntro & Startup Rallye
11:30 AMFireside Chat
12:15 PMQ&A
12:30 PMNetworking


  • Christoph Hering

    Startup Grind Chengdu

    Chapter Director

  • Lillian Li

    Marketing Manager

  • Xuemei Zhong

    Speaker and Venue Manager

  • Alice Yu

    Sponsorship Manager