Category Archives: Gaming Industry

THE INTERNSHIP CHRONICLES – MAX

Max Sanel (Game Production’18) interned at Ironbelly Studios during the spring semester.

Ironbelly studios is a games company that offers services from 3d art, to level design, to programming as well as producing their own games. They have an office in Montreal where some of the members work, with the rest working remotely from all over the world. I’ve been interning there this semester, and it’s been an absolute blast. Continue reading

THE INTERNSHIP CHRONICLES: SUMMER EDITION – JAMES INTERNS AT BEHAVIOUR INTERACTIVE

This summer, James Keats (EGPR ’18) stayed in Montreal to do an internship at Behaviour Interactive after studying at the Champlain Abroad campus in the spring.

Having a full time summer internship in Montreal was an awesome experience, and very different from living and working there during a school semester (especially during the winter semester)! I was blown away by how much the city opens up and how truly alive everything becomes when the weather gets warmer. I was lucky enough to be staying during Montreal’s 375th anniversary, and so there were even more events!

Champlain Montreal Turns 10!

By Karisa Desjardins (BUSA ‘16)

Our amazing student volunteers, who made everything possible! (Hannah Cartmel)

In 2007, Champlain College realized a long-held dream to open a study abroad campus outside the United States. Montreal, Quebec, Canada was chosen not only because of its eclectic mix of languages and cultures, but also due to the city’s exciting learning and professional opportunities in Emerging Media. Since then, Champlain Abroad Montreal has seen more than 600 students pass through its doors, placed 131 interns at companies like Ubisoft and Behavior, and now has over 20 alumni working and living in the city. With all of these achievements and more, it was time to celebrate!

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The Internship Chronicles – Part II

Liam Craffey (MCRM ’18), Mauro Agnellini (MCRM ’18) and Josh Bernstein (GDES ’18) tell us about their internships experiences in Montreal during the spring semester.

 

Liam Craffey (MCRM ’18) – Minority Media

During the Spring 2017 semester I had the amazing opportunity to intern at Minority Media. The studio has several commercial releases, two of which are VR (Virtual Reality) experiences. Papo & Yo, Spirits of Spring, and Loco Motors are their earlier non-VR projects. They used the success of those titles and have since repositioned themselves as a VR studio. Along this line they’ve released Cali a Gear VR platformer and Time Machine VR an underwater adventure game for computer based head mounted displays. Behind the studio is a team of ~50 people all knowledgeable about, and eager to see the future of, VR development. Continue reading

The Internship Chronicles: Part I

Scott Barter (GDES ’18), James Keats (EGPR ’18), Matt Rhine (GDES ’18) and Alex Frey (GDES ’18) tell us about their internships experiences in Montreal during the spring semester.

 

Scott Barter (GDES ’18) – Edoki Academy

This semester I got the opportunity to work with the fantastic team at Edoki Academy for my study abroad internship. Edoki is an educational game company that specializes in Montessori style teaching. They create apps with applications both at home and in the classroom, all with the focus of encouraging young children to take hold of their own education and to allow their curiosity to push them forward.

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The Internship Chronicles: Summer Edition – Colton interns at Tuque Games

Colton Orr (GART ’18) spent his spring semester interning at Tuque Games in Montreal and had the opportunity to continue at Tuque throughout the summer. Colton tell us about both his experiences!

On the last day of finals, during the fall of my Junior year, I was offered a position as a character artist at Tuque Games. I had my heart set on working at the studio during the following summer and when I was given the opportunity to start working a semester early, there were many obstacles.  Nevertheless, Champlain’s faculty in both Burlington and Montreal went above and beyond to help me get a work visa and arrange my classes to make the internship a reality.

The skills I have learned and the people I have met because of working at Tuque are invaluable to my career.  My internship threw me into the production pipeline on day one and since then I have been creating assets for our newest game that is set to release later this year.

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The Internship Chronicles: Summer Edition – Shane interns at Norsfell

Shane Beucler (GART ’18) spent this summer in Montreal interning at Norsfell, an indie company that builds replayable multiplayer experiences for fanatics all over the world. Shane tells us about his experience at Norsfell, which is located at GamePlay Space, a collaborative space shared with other indie studios.

“My summer internship was great! I learned a lot about working on a team in the industry as well as the marketing behind mobile games and Norsfell even told me that they’d be very happy to have me back after I graduate. Norsfell will be working with me a bit before I graduate and will be contacting me about potential job openings a few months before. Continue reading

The Internship Chronicles – Sami

By Sami Vashaw (EDUC ’18)

As an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major with a minor in Computer Science, I wasn’t sure what kind of internship I would get while studying in Montreal. I was thinking of going into the educational game field, maybe QA testing games with an educational perspective. When I was given the opportunity to intern at Kids Code Jeunesse as a curriculum developer, my ideas for this semester went from trying something new with the risk of not enjoying myself to a perfect opportunity to put my two passions together and do what I hoped to do after college.

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Gaming the City

By Laura Reilly (EGPR ’18)

Montreal is a huge gaming hub. What I mean by this is that Montreal is full of not only great game companies like Ubisoft or Compulsion, but Montreal is also home to some of the greatest gaming opportunities for either developers or those that just love playing video games. To name a few would be an understatement, so I’m here to name all of the different aspects of gaming culture here in Montreal!

  1. In the classroom

If you’re majoring in a division of the Game Studio, chances are your professors are developers themselves at different companies. For example, artists here learn VFX  from a developer at Behaviour, and two sections of Production ll learn from a producer and a gameplay programmer at Ubisoft! Since our professors are in the industry themselves, they have the firsthand experience of working in the industry to apply knowledge into the classroom. And if you’re lucky, they’ll invite recruiters to come and play your Production games! (Some are coming next week to see mine…help).

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Making the Most of MIGS

By Maina Chen (PWRT ’18)

A section of Ubisoft’s booth, featuring a VR glimpse into Watch Dogs 2.

For gamers coming up to Montreal in the Fall, one of the most talked about events other than the weekly game company visits, deals with prepping for the Montreal International Game Summit; classes are shuffled around and professors reschedule to accommodate. Titled MIGS for short, for three days in mid-November, MIGS is a gathering place for anyone interested in the game industry. With people appearing from Hibernum, EA, PlayStation VR, Microsoft, Playtika, Frima, Ubisoft, WB Games Montreal, Eidos Montreal, Ludia, and a bunch of indies; MIGS is open to those looking for future jobs.

In fact, they’re marketed not only to those already in the industry, but students like us who want to try stepping foot in that door. The price of the tickets is daunting, but with the Super Early Bird discounts, the price can be cut down 20 percent, and even more so for Student passes. I’ve had the pleasure of attending and have some words of advice to anyone looking forward to the 2017 edition.

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