Photo Credit: Ubisoft Montréal

11th Ubisoft Game Lab Competition: 166 university students from all over Quebec will present game prototypes

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:22:00 PM

From 11 universities across Quebec, 166 students had 10 weeks to create a game prototype for the 11th edition of the Ubisoft Game Lab Competition. With the theme "Separate // Together", the 21 teams and their 42 mentors from Ubisoft's Montreal, Quebec City and Saguenay studios, must now impress a jury presided over by Marie-Ève Danis, For Honor producer. The committee will evaluate all the projects and award 8 prizes, as well as $22,000 in scholarships at the annual gala on April 29.

Ubisoft promises at least 10 internships and/or job opportunities to participants who really stand out during the competition. At the last edition, 20 or so participants were hired at the Montreal, Quebec City and Saguenay studios.

For the first time in the competition's history, students had to develop their games remotely. Just an extra challenge that reflects what industry developers are currently experiencing during the pandemic.

"This year's theme is self-evident. For many, the pandemic was a chance to try new things, like video games. You probably know people who'd never touched a console in their lives but who, after a few months of lockdown, threw themselves into this universe to get closer to their friends and family virtually. The jury and I wanted to see what the teams would come up with sticking to this new reality. They were free to interpret the theme however they wanted. We can't wait to see where it took them," said Marie-Ève Danis, jury president and producer on the For Honor brand.

Universities participating in the 2021 Game Lab Competition:

- Champlain College of Vermont – Montreal Campus
- Concordia University
- École de Technologie Supérieure
- Université Laval
- McGill University
- École NAD-UQAC
- Polytechnique Montréal
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Université de Montréal
- Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
- UQAT Montreal

To see and extract of the games presented this year:

SOURCE: Ubisoft Montréal