July 29, 2021

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Ubisoft Indie Series Celebrates 5 Years of Boosting Independent Developers

The Ubisoft Indie Series is celebrating five years of showcasing local indie
talent, helping them grow, and working to build an industry where big and small
studios work together on both the local and international stage.

This independent studio competition offers two cash prizes (a $50,000 grand
prize and National Bank's ($25,000 "Coup de coeur" Special Prize), mentoring by
Ubisoft experts, promotional marketing activities, internal and external
communication events for collaborating between Ubisoft and the studio (both
locally and internationally), and entrepreneurial training by National Bank, our
key partner.

In Quebec, past winners have all used their awards in different ways. Sabotage
Studio
used our user labs in Quebec City;
Polymorph Games took the advice of Ubisoft
Mainz, who were working on a game similar to theirs (Anno);
Manavoid improved its market development
with the advice from the Consumer and Market Intelligence department; Metric
Empire
worked closely with the Montreal studio's
user research lab; Norsfell had exchanges with our
experts to perfect their game's multiplayer design; and Thunder
Lotus
promoted the launch of its latest game
with international visibility at the first Ubisoft Forward event.

Check out the video recap below of the past five years in Quebec:

And three clips featuring former Indie Series winners:

Polymorph: global success by a local
indie

Sabotage Studio: Reaching for the
stars

Norsfell: Standing on the shoulders of
giants

As for Ontario, it has seen its independent game development ecosystem grow and
produce exciting new talent over the past five years. Indie Series launched at
Ubisoft Toronto in 2017, and the inaugural grand prize winner Reptoid
Games
received mentorship on production, game
design, and art.

Ontario winners have included 2018 grand prize winner Alientrap
Games
and National Bank special prize winner
Falling Squirrel; 2019 grand prize winner
GLOAM and National Bank special prize winner
WashBear Studio; and 2020 grand prize winner
Vivid Foundry and National Bank special prize
winner Kitten Cup Studio. In that time,
Ubisoft Toronto mentors have provided everything from narrative advice to
programming and design guidance. The Toronto studio has also been able to
provide promotional opportunities for Ubisoft Indie Series winners at events
like the Indie Arena Booth at Gamescom, and worked closely with colleagues in
Quebec on additional speaking opportunities for Indie Series winners at last
year’s
MEGAMIGS
.

This year, the Ontario and Quebec indie videogame communities came together
virtually to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Ubisoft Indie Series
2021 Gala.

In Quebec, it was Chasing Rats who took home the
Grand Prize for their game
Worship,
and Fika Productions with the National
Bank's "Coup de cœur" for their game Ship of
Fools
.

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In 2021, interest from Ontario developers was at an all-time high. We received
the largest-ever number of submissions for Indie Series, and this year, special
consideration was also given to studios that value diversity, either in the
content of their games, target audience, or in the makeup of their studio.

The grand prize went to Mermaid Heavy Industries
for their game Skategirl Destroys the
Universe
, and Killjoy
Games
won the National Bank special prize for
their game Curses. See video of the winners at the Toronto virtual gala below:

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