Ubisoft contest offers sneak peak at Montreal’s next generation of game developers

A university game developer tests out Escape Artist at the Ubisoft Game Lab Competition. Billy Shields/Global News

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.

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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.”

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Fairy Nightfall, developed by Concordia students, was one of the games on display for the ninth annual Game Lab Competition. Billy Shields/ Global News

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.

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