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Ivan Balabanov

Managing Director, Ubisoft Sofia

Professional Experience:
Ivan Balabanov is one of the founders of Ubisoft Sofia in 2005. He got into the gaming industry 16 years ago when he decided to postpone his PhD in Political Science, International Relations and History, and dive completely into making games. At first, he started as a freelance 3D artist. Two years after he joined Ubisoft Sofia’s Art team, Ivan took the role of a Studio Production Manager. In 2009 he was chosen by the team members to be the Managing Director of the studio.

Work highlights:
In his career in Ubisoft, Ivan had the opportunity to lead the sustainable development of the Bulgarian studio, managing to increase the team more than 7 times to 230+ people and to participate in the creation of some of the most world-renown video game franchises such as Assassin’s Creed®, Prince of Persia®, Tom Clancy’s®, and others.