Rusted Minds wins grand prize at Ubisoft’s Game Lab Competition

Last Thursday night, the 166 participants of the 11th edition of the Game Lab Competition reunited virtually to celebrate their achievements at the annual awards gala.

Here is an overview of all the prototypes presented this year: 

After presenting their prototypes to the jury remotely, the teams were excited to finally learn who won what in the 8 categories. Among the 21 prototypes, Rusted Minds by UQAT Montréal and the École de technologie supérieure, won the highest honour in the Best Game Prototype category, a prize that includes an $8,000 scholarship.

The game features 2 magnetic robots that dream of becoming human. To make their most heartfelt wish come true, they must work together and make their way through the challenging puzzles of a deserted steampunk factory.

The 21 teams from 11 universities across the province had 10 weeks to build a game prototype with the theme “Apart // Together”, under the guidance the 42 mentors from the 3 Ubisoft studios in Quebec (Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay).  A heartfelt thanks to our fellow mentors who supported these young people through this adventure, which included an additional challenge this year: doing it all remotely.

The winners

For their efforts, the winning teams were awarded 8 prizes, totalling $22,000 in scholarships.

Best Prototype – $8,000

RUSTED MINDS
Presented by UQAT Montreal in collaboration with École de Technologie Supérieure
Mentors: Mathieu Lacombe and Vincent De Perrot

Best Technical Challenge and Innovation – $2,000

SPOOK’N SPLASH
Presented by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Mentors: Jimmy Pereira and Anthony Duquette

Best Game Design – $2,000

MAGNETRIP
Presented by Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with UQAT Montréal
Mentors: William Homs and Pascal Dagenais

Best Creativity and Theme Integration – $2,000

Crisis at R.W.P. Inc.
Presented by the Université Laval
Mentors: Alexandre Duval and Vincent Hubau

Best User Experience – $2,000

SPOOK’N SPLASH
Presented by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Mentors: Jimmy Pereira and Anthony Duquette

Best Art Direction and Production – $2,000

POTENT RODENT
Presented by the Centre NAD-UQAC in collaboration with Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Mentors: Simon Rodier and Agathe Ottavi

Best 3Cs (Camera, Characters, Controls) – $2,000

CHROMA
Presented by Centre NAD-UQAC in collaboration with Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and UQAT Montréal
Mentors: Moura Melondeau and Élie Harfouche

Special Jury Prize

HIDE COMRADE
Presented by Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with UQAT Montréal
Mentors: Philippe Thomazie and Julien Dechêne

In addition to the prizes and scholarships, Ubisoft has committed to offering internships and jobs to at least 10 participants who distinguished themselves during the competition.  To date, nearly 20 students have been hired at our studios in Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay. Welcome to our big Ubisoft family!

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