UQAC and l’École NAD win the 12th annual Ubisoft Game Lab Competition

April 29, 2022

On Thursday evening, 184 students representing 12 universities across Quebec gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Ubisoft Game Lab Competition awards gala.

With the support of 46 mentors from the Ubisoft studios in Montreal, Quebec City, and Saguenay, the 23 teams had 10 weeks to design a game prototype on the theme “Student XP—An introspective look at your life as a student” that they would then pitch to a jury.

Among all 23 prototypes, UQAC and NAD-UQAC’s Homework finished first, winning the Best Game Prototype title and an $8,000 scholarship. The jury  was impressed with how well the premise captured the theme:

Ever dream of trying distance learning? No? Well, that’s what this game is all about. You’ll be attending class, answering the teacher’s questions, trying to advance to new levels in your video game, and of course, responding to text messages!

The winning prototypes could be tested during the evening. You can see clips of all the games presented here.

The winning teams were rewarded for their efforts: they shared eight prizes, totaling $22,000 in prize money.

Here is the list of all the winning prototypes from this year:

Best Prototype ($8,000)

Homework

Presented by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and École NAD-UQAC
Mentors: Kristina Charette and Maude O’Brzygailo

Best Technical Challenge and Innovation ($2,000)

Homework Arena

Presented by Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) – Montreal Campus and École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), École NAD-UQAC
Mentors: Maryse Joseph and Hugo Millet

Best Game Design ($2,000)

Brain Fried

In partnership with Polytechnique Montréal and École NAD-UQAC, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
Mentors: Jacques Robert and Pierre Falticska

Best Creativity and Theme Integration ($2,000)

Homework

Presented by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and École NAD-UQAC
Mentors: Kristina Charette and Maude O’Brzygailo

Best User Experience ($2,000)

Homework Arena

Presented by Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) – Montreal Campus and École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), École NAD-UQAC
Mentors: Maryse Joseph and Hugo Millet

Best Art Direction and Production ($2,000)

Snow Fort Showdown

In partnership with Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) – Montreal Campus and École NAD-UQAC, Polytechnique Montréal
Mentors: William Homs and Pascal Dagenais

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

Trouble-fête

In partnership with École NAD-UQAC and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
Mentors: Matthew Lourdelet and Guillaume Matte

Jury’s Special Award

Urubu

In partnership with École NAD-UQAC and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
Mentors: Tommy Chanchaleune and Tarik Azzouni

Homework - Best Prototype
Trouble-fête - Best 3Cs
Urubu - Jury’s Special Award
Brain Fried - Best Game Design
Homework - Best Creativity and Theme Integration
Homework Arena - Best User Experience
Snow Fort Showdown - Best Art Direction and Production
Homework Arena -Best Technical Challenge and Innovation

Photo credit: BODOÜM Photographie

In addition to the awards and scholarships, Ubisoft is offering internships and jobs to 10 or more standout participants from the competition. To date, close to 20 students have been employed by our studios in Montreal, Quebec City, and Saguenay. Welcome to the Ubisoft family!

See you next year ! 

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