The 300 teenagers participating in the 3rd edition of the videogame creation project by Youth Fusion celebrated their achievements last Tuesday, May 2nd at a gala held at Rialto Theater.

This project, presented by Ubisoft and the Quebec Government, in collaboration with Montréal, aims at lowering the dropout rate by offering high school students to collaborate in the creation of a videogame from A to Z. This year, 14 high schools have participated. The outcome: 50 videogames developed on the theme of Quebec stories and legends, and hundreds of inspired and motivated students who thrived on passion throughout the year.

Real impacts

The two previous editions proved to have real positive impacts on the participants’ motivation and success:

  • Increased attendance in school and interest in class;
  • Improved academic performance;
  • Discovery of new careers and educational pathway opportunities;
  • Better problem solving ability;
  • Improved social skills.

“I loved learning about game coding. But what captivated me the most was to see how we could achieve such a great result by working in team. I’ve learned to be persistent; sometimes you have to try many things before succeeding. I would love to work in video games later. This project will help me for my future career!” says Olivier Roy, from École secondaire Roger-Comtois.

Inspiring teenagers

15 Ubisoft employees in Montreal and Quebec have been mentoring the groups since last fall, providing them with advice and motivation. Each group could also count on the weekly follow-up of university students acting as coordinators who received training from Ubisoft in various fields of the world of videogame.

The recipients (winners in bold)

  • Best Videogame:
    • Légendes from École secondaire Roger-Comtois, Qc
    • L’aube du corbeau from Académie Dunton, Mtl
    • Le conte from École secondaire Joseph-François-Perrault, Qc
  • Best Use of the Theme and Constraints:
    • Shawksa et le conte secret from École secondaire Joseph-François-Perrault, Qc
    • Il faut sauver le Wendigo from École Saint-Laurent, Mtl
    • La Corriveau from École Jean-de-Brébeuf, Qc
  • Best Narrative:
    • L’aube du corbeau from Académie Dunton, Mtl
    • Do you wanna live or not from Lakeside Academy, Mtl
    • Kelternia from École de la Courvilloise, Qc
  • Best Technical Innovation:
    • La chasse endiablée from Académie Dunton, Mtl
    • L’unique issue from École Jean-de-Brébeuf, Qc
    • 18 h 59 from École secondaire André-Laurendeau, Mtl
  • Best Audio Design:
    • Le conte from École secondaire Joseph-François-Perrault, Qc
    • Oztman from École secondaire Calixa-Lavallée, Mtl
    • Le pacte from école secondaire Roger-Comtois, Qc
  • Best Art Design:
    • Wendigo from École secondaire Roger-Comtois, Qc
    • Wendigo from École de la Courvilloise, Qc
    • Lycan’s Revenge from Lakeside Academy, Mtl
  • Best Game Design:
    • 18 h 59 from École secondaire André-Laurendeau, Mtl
    • Night of the living curse from Rosemount High School, Mtl
    • L’unique issue from École Jean-de-Brébeuf, Qc

Discover all videogames created during the project: open Google Chrome, grab a Xbox controller and click here!