Ubisoft is actively seeking investment partners to help ward off a potential hostile takeover from media giant Vivendi.
Amongst the dozen-plus potential investors the company is courting are the Quebec provincial government and the Canadian federal government, according to The Globe and Mail.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (pictured, in headset) last week visited Ubisoft Montreal, which houses many of the publisher's 3000-plus Canadian employees, to discuss "the future of the [video game] industry."
"We want to increase the number of Canadian shareholders in Ubisoft to have better control over the capital," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot (pictured, right). "We feel it's a good defence."
Vivendi has been upping its Ubisoft stock ownership since October, as well as engaging in a takeover bid for Michel Guillemot's mobile developer Gameloft; the conglomerate now owns 15 percent of Ubisoft.
Company founders the Guillemot brothers, by comparison, own a mere 9 percent stake (but 16 percent of voting rights); they hope to secure half the voting rights in order to prevent Vivendi from installing its own directors on the company's board at September's annual shareholders meeting.