The ninth annual Ubisoft Game Lab Competition attracted hundreds of budding Montreal game developers eager to show off their ideas in a bid to join the industry when they graduate from university.
The rules of the competition are that games must be three-dimensional and accessible to people who would want to play them.
The competition includes 21 teams from a dozen universities. This year’s contest also involves a record percentage of women — about a fourth of the roughly 170 competitors are female developers.
“There’s a big diversity in types of experiences, types of gameplay — those young people have creativity and imagination,” said Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Canadian Studios. “That’s good.”
The games had to be centred on a single theme; this year’s theme was “spectacle.”
A wide array of game types were on display as judges evaluated the prototypes with names like Escape Artist, Fairy Nightfall and Witchin’ Kitchen.
Participants in the 10-week competition get mentoring opportunities from Ubisoft’s developers. Other prizes include $22,000 in scholarship money.