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Ivan Balabanov is the Managing Director at Ubisoft Sofia in Bulgaria. Before attaining said position, he worked on a few projects as 3D Artist.
While doing a double major in Political Science, International Relations and History, Balabanov supported himself financially by freelancing as a 3D Artist. In 2003, he elected to drop his PhD in Foreign Affairs at the University of Manchester, instead starting a career in the video game industry. Balabanov joined Ubisoft in 2005 as a 3D Artist, one year prior to the opening of the company's branch in Sofia.
During this time, he worked on the PS2 version of CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder, originally developed by Telltale Games, as well as Chessmaster Live, released on the XBox Live Arcade. Balabanov assumed the role of Production Manager in 2007, subsequently becoming the studio's Managing Director two years later; he also contributed to several of the studio's projects as Producer. Under his supervision, Ubisoft Sofia expanded notably, shipping 15 titles on a wide range of platforms as of 2014.
- CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder (2007) - Ubisoft
- Chessmaster Live (2008) - Ubisoft
- Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (2012) - Ubisoft
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) - Ubisoft
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue (2014) - Ubisoft