On Monday night, the Game Lab Competition’s 17 teams were together at the Rialto Theatre for the competition’s closing Gala.

After developing playable prototypes over 10 weeks (followed by a couple more weeks spent stressing out in their living rooms), participants were treated to a legendary night hosted by comedian Mehdi Bousaidan.

Several mentors, teachers and younger students who took part in our common initiatives with Fusion Jeunesse also attended this hilarious awards ceremony.

At the highest point of the night, Julien Desaulniers, president of the jury in 2018, came back on stage to announce the best prototype award.

“The games you created entertained us, amazed us and, of course, made us more aware of your causes. Choosing the best prototype turned out to be a heavy responsibility, almost cruel “, he said.

The winners of the best prototype award this year :

UQAT Montréal with Minors!

Équipe de Minors

Photo : Loïc Romer

Cédric Orvoine, human resources and communications vice-president at Ubisoft Montreal, presented the audience award, won by Gloomi of Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with UQAT Montréal. He then took the opportunity to highlight Ubisoft CODEX initiatives and the employees who are passionately involved in this program.

« […] what makes a huge difference, what makes our initiatives so prolific, is the active involvement of Ubisoft employees. Thanks to them, the students come in contact with rare, insightful and unique expertise, knowledge, and professional experiences”, he said.

Check out the complete list of Game Lab Competition winners and mentors below.

THE WINNERS

Best prototype – $8,000
Minors – UQAT Montréal
Mentors : Alexis Lessard and Éric Chartrand

Best game design – $2,000
Eco Squad – Winds of Change – Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with l’École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD)-UQAC
Mentors : Vincent De Perrot and Frédéric Gémus

Best art direction and production – $2,000
Gloomi – Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with UQAT Montréal
Mentors : Éric Bibeau and Simon Bouchard

Best technical challenge and innovation – $2,000
Penguin Panic! – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Mentors : Dany Savard and Jared Pearson

Best Quality of the “3C” (camera, characters and controls) – $2,000
Eco Squad – Winds of Change – Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with l’École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD)-UQAC
Mentors : Vincent De Perrot and Frédéric Gémus

Best user experience – $2,000
Minors – UQAT Montréal
Mentors : Alexis Lessard and Éric Chartrand

Best creativity and theme integration – $2,000
Light Speed Legacy – École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD)-UQAC in collaboration with Polytechnique Montréal
Mentors : Karl Dubois and David Harvey

Jury’s Special Award – $2,000
6 kilomètres – École de Technologie Supérieure in collaboration with l’École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD)-UQAC
Mentors : Alex Gilbert and Paul Green

Audience Award
Gloomi – Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with UQAT Montréal
Mentors : Éric Bibeau and Simon Bouchard

$22,000 in scholarships were awarded on Monday and 20 new hires (internships and jobs) were announced among this year’s participants.

We are happy to welcome them to the great Ubisoft family!