Last night Ubisoft Toronto invited members of the local video game industry into their home to mingle, get a sneak peak of Watchdogs 2, tour their motion capture space and learn about the studio’s new contribution to the indie scene. The studio announced Ubisoft’s Indie Series presented by National Bank an annual competition that offers Canadian independent gaming studios the chance at additional funding, mentorship and other tools to help them grow. The studio aims to continually contribute to further development of the gaming community within Ontario, through connecting with their colleagues.
The Indie Series prize includes:
- $50,000 in funding
- Mentorship provided by Ubisoft experts to help with development (art direction, creative direction, programming counsel, etc.)
- Financial diagnosis and counsel provided by National Bank
- Marketing support for the game
- Internal and external communications activities to promote the collaboration between Ubisoft and the studio, locally and internationally
- Distribution on the Uplay PC Store
- 1 ticket to the BN Camp
- 1 ticket to an entrepreneurship event in Toronto, courtesy of National Bank
As well as, National Bank’s special prize that will be offered to five handpicked Ontario entrepreneurs that will receive 60-minutes financial diagnostic by experts.
Indie studios within the province that have a minimum of two to 50 employees, released at least one previous title and are currently working on a game to be released on console or PC qualify for the competition. To enter interested studios must fill in the application form before November 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. From there registration forms will be reviewed and ten indie studios will be invited to Ubisoft Toronto to pitch their games to Ubisoft and National Bank experts. (To see the full list of details visit their website.)
The Toronto studio is no stranger to giving back to the local industry as it’s also host to the NXT Competition, which awards recent graduates and students a paid apprenticeship with the AAA studio. They are also sponsors to other developmental industry events, like Level Up. These initiatives paired with the Indie Series shows that Ubisoft Toronto is making their mark in the city and aren’t slowing down!