An initiative to encourage leadership of the independent video game industry

The Ubisoft Indie Series presented by National Bank is a competition for independent video game studios in Quebec. Organized by La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec, it aims to provide grants, mentoring, creative and marketing tools and financial advice to propel the success of these studios and their games.

The Ubisoft Indie Series will invite 10 finalist studios to present and demonstrate their game in front of a jury of experts from Ubisoft, National Bank and the industry in May 2022. Eligible games must be in early production, demonstrate originality, a strong creative vision and a high potential for success. Special consideration will also be given to studios that value diversity in their game and/or team.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALIST STUDIOS

 Here are the ten finalist studios selected by the experts jury :

A Little Smarter  – Beloeil
Astrolabe Interactive Inc. Montréal
Autoexec Games – Varennes
Beyond Fun Studio  – Québec
Casa Rara Studio Inc. – Montréal
Folklore Games – Montréal
Lucid Tales – Dorval
Paper Cult – Montréal
Ragecure Games – Québec
Unreliable Narrators – Montréal

 

PRIZES

Grand prize

The winning studio in Quebec will receive:

  • $ 50,000 prize;
  • Mentorship provided by Ubisoft experts to help with development according to the studio’s needs;
  • Mentorship provided by experts from the Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM);
  • Marketing support for the game;
  • Internal and external communications activities to promote the collaboration between Ubisoft and the studio, locally and internationally;
  • Entrepreneurial training experience offered by National Bank.

 

National Bank’s Special Prize

National Bank will determine, according to its own selection criteria, one (1) studio in Quebec who will win a Special Prize:

  • $ 25,000 prize;
  • Mentorship provided by Ubisoft experts to help with development according to the studio’s needs;
  • Mentorship provided by experts from the Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM);
  • Personalized financial diagnosis and counsel provided by National Bank experts.

Finalists

Studios selected as finalists will receive a 60-minute financial diagnosis by National Bank experts.

Eligibility

Only independent video game studios with a maximum of 50 employees located in Quebec and members of La Guilde are eligible.

*Click here for all the details about Ontario’s Ubisoft Indie Series.

Pitch Day

The 10 finalist studios will be invited to present and demonstrate their game in front of a panel of Ubisoft, National Bank and industry experts on May 5, 2022.

PARTICIPATION

Registrations for the 2022 edition are open from January 12, 2022 to February 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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Ubisoft is a supporter of the videogame ecosystem

Ubisoft opened its first Canadian studio in 1997. Since then, the company has played an active role in developing a passionate and creative ecosystem where studios, small and large, have collaborated to make the videogame industry shine on an international level. Making games is difficult and presents many challenges: financially, creatively, and more. This is precisely why we want to connect with our colleagues, share knowledge and expertise, and together, ensure Canada continues to grow as a game development leader worldwide.

The Ubisoft Indie Series presented by National Bank is part of Ubisoft Entrepreneurs’ Canadian program, which supports the international growth of local entrepreneurs in the technology and entertainment sectors. Ubisoft Entrepreneurs provides startups and independent developers with mentorship and expertise sharing, financing, and connections to Ubisoft teams in Canada and around the world.

National Bank supports entrepreneurship in the video game industry

 The National Bank is distinguished by the privileged relation it has developed over the years with entrepreneurs. As a partner for SMB, it supports them at all stages of their development, whether it be large expansion projects or initial financing. Its experts are able to offer specialized support in several industries, particularly in the creative, technologies and innovation sectors, for which it has developed expertise and business solutions in relation to the business models of organizations of these sectors.

Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM) : support partner

CEIM (Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal) is dedicated to helping early-stage and growth-stage tech companies that present innovative projects with strong commercial potential. We foster close relationships with our clients and offer a wide range of services, coaching, for example, that are tailored to their specific needs, with a view of providing them with the optimal conditions to grow and sustain their projects in the long term.

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR PARTNER

THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING PARTNER

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORT PARTNER

Want to know more about previous editions of the competition? Take a look at the photos, videos and lists of winners.