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ESA Foundation to Honor Yves Guillemot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft at the 2009 “Nite to Unite for Kids”

Gala Recognizes Industry Leader and Raises Funds for Charity

September 17, 2009 — WASHINGTON, DC — The ESA Foundation today announced that Yves Guillemot, chairman and chief executive officer of Ubisoft®, will be honored as the 2009 ESA Champion at this year’s “Nite to Unite for Kids” event. The annual black-tie gala will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 and recognize Guillemot while raising money for the foundation’s work on behalf of young people.

“Yves saw the potential of computer and video games long before most and worked diligently to translate that vision into reality,” said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “His company, whose name is derived from ‘ubiquity’ in reference to their ambition to make games worldwide, has not only achieved that goal but surpassed it.”

In 1986, Guillemot saw the potential of entertainment software and collaborated with his four brothers to create Ubisoft. More than two decades later, Yves’ business acumen, and drive to push the gaming experience beyond its limits have propelled Ubisoft into an entertainment software industry leader. Today, the company is the fourth largest independent publisher in the U.S. and the creator of numerous blockbuster franchises including Assassin’s Creed® , Prince of Persia®, Rayman®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®.

Since its inception in 1999, “Nite to Unite for Kids,” presented by the ESA and hosted by the ESA Foundation, has raised more than $11 million for children’s charities. This year the event will include a black-tie optional dinner and a live and silent auction at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The co-chairs for the 2009 event are Robert Bach, president, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft, Kazumi Kitaue, CEO & chairman, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., Dr. Michael Capps, president, Epic Games, Inc. and Bob Picunko, senior vice president, Electronics Games and Interactive Products MTV Networks/MTV Games.

With this honor, Guillemot joins a distinguished list of entertainment software industry leaders. Past ESA Champion Honorees include: George Lucas, famed director and founder of LucasArts; GameStop’s Dan DeMatteo; Electronic Arts’ Bing Gordon; Toys ‘R Us’ Michael Goldstein; Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Howard Lincoln; Sega's Isao Ogawa; Sony Computer Entertainment’s Ken Kutaragi and Electronic Boutique’s Jeffery Griffiths.

The 2009 “Nite to Unite for Kids” is open to both individuals and companies. Tickets are $500 for individuals, and table sponsorships are available. For ticket information, please contact Leslie Price at 800-949-3660.

The ESA Foundation was created by the American entertainment software industry to provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from their limited edition charity game pack’s sales and "A Nite to Unite – for Kids," its annual fund-raiser, which has raised more than $11 million in the last eight years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit

About Ubisoft®:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft is present in 28 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008–09 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.058 billion euros. To learn more, please visit

© 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell Double Agent, Sam Fisher, the Soldier Icon, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.
© 2008 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Based on Prince of Persia® created by Jordan Mechner. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Prince of Persia is a trademark of Jordan Mechner in the U.S. and/or other countries used under license by Ubisoft Entertainment.
© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.
© 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Rayman, Rayman Raving Rabbids, the character of Rayman, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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