Gaming (includes non-Game Studio majors)

This applies to all majors who want some gaming experience.

You can also read about the program on the Game Studio website.

Professional opportunities

Students visit Unity’s office in Montreal

Montreal is the second-largest game development city in North America – the third in the world – and home to many successful global game development studios including Eidos Montreal, Ubisoft. In addition, there are many medium-sized studios, such as Behaviour Interactive, Rogue Factor, and Minority Media, hundreds of indie studios in the city like Kitfox Games, Compulsion Games, and Double Stallion Games, and incubators such as GamePlay Space.

During the semester in Montreal, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn with game industry professionals as instructors in the classroom.
  • Attend regular game events in the city.
  • Meet regular mentors from the industry in classes.
  • Attend the yearly Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) in the fall.
  • Participate in local Game Jams (TAG, Pixelles, Global Game Jam …).
  • Go on studio tours to companies such as Ubisoft, Eidos, GameLoft, Minority Media.

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Internships

Liam Craffey (MCRM ’18) interning at Minority Media

An internship in Montreal can really impact a student’s semester by providing local contacts, professional experience, additions to portfolios or resumes, and a place to learn more about the culture of Montreal!

Game students who have pursued internships during their semester abroad have found themselves working in a variety of professional game studios. They’ve landed internships at places like Ubisoft, Behavior Interactive, and Rogue Factor, to name a few. Check out our internship page to find out more.

Internship Testimonials

Game Production

  • Read about Cyrus’s internship at LuckyHammers
  • Read about Alex’s internship at Back to the Game
  • Read about Nick’s internship at Illogika
  • Read about Max’s internship at Ironbelly Studios
  • Read about Liam’s internship at Minority Media and Mauro’s internship at Bug Tracker

Game Design

  • Read about Ryan’s internship at Tuque Games
  • Read about Ben’s internship at Edoki Academy
  • Read about Conor and Amanda’s internships at IronBelly Studios
  • Read about Josh’s internship at Norsfell
  • Read about Nick’s internship at Edoki Academy
  • Read about Steven’s internship at Lumo Amuzo

Game Programming

  • Read about Calum’s internship at Pixelz
  • Read about Calum’s internship at Hyroglyphik Games
  • Read about John’s internship at Behavior Interactive
  • Read about Tyler’s internship at Moment Factory

Game Art and Animation

  • Read about Colton’s internship at Tuque Games
  • Read about Shane’s internship at Norsfell

Game Writing

  • Read about Lizzy’s internship at Tuque Games
  • Read about Maina’s internship at LuckyHammers

Other

  • Read about Sami Vashaw (Early Childhood/Elementary Education ’18) at Kids Code Jeunesse
  • Read about Dan Michaud (Broadcasting Streaming Media ’17) at Execution Labs

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Gaming organizations and events

To further improve your experience in Montreal, here are some important organizations and events that we highly recommend you participate in.

GamePlay Space – Lots of events are hosted here. It is worth looking at their events or following them on Facebook.

 

 

MRGS: Mount Royal Game Society – An online community of gamers. There are often postings for other events and jobs on there, too!

 

Technoculture, Art, and Games – The Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) Research Centre is a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration in digital game research and design housed in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.  Sometimes hosts events.

 

Pixelles – A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering more women to make and change games. Pixelles organizes free monthly workshops, a mentorship program for aspiring women-in-games, game jams, socials and more. Events are open to all.

 

Geek Montreal – Devoted to everything even the most mildly geeky in the city, Geek Montreal is the Facebook group is a great resource to keep up to date on the geek life.

 

www.Montrealgeeks.com – A resource for women in the tech field, Montreal Girl Geeks holds some pretty sweet events, many of which are actually educational and fulfilling rather than just being about playing video games.

 

 

Gaymer Zone (FB group) – Gaymer Zone is all about bringing to the LGBTQ+ community through their shared love of video games, with each event focusing on a particular game. There is also Montreal Gaymers.

 

 

MTL Game Dev Events – Keeps an updated list of all of the game industry events around the city.

 

La Guilde – La Guilde’s mandate is to foster cooperation between local independent businesses and to support them by negotiating group service offerings, by supporting development and by offering mentorship.

 

 

GAMING EVENTS IN MONTREAL

Fall

  • The Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS)  is your chance to meet and network with hundreds of industry professionals. With 2700+ attendees and 700+ companies, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Attend panels and presentations by the industry’s brightest, meet gaming legends like Riot CEO Brandon Beck and Halo composer Marty O’Donnell. (November)
  • The Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade Weekend (MEGA) is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with other game developers and see a bunch of games currently in development, and even hear about never-before-seen titles! Taking place in early November, it’s definitely an event you won’t want to miss! (November)
  • Geekfest Montreal organises many activities, conferences, and expos for you to geek out at. (November)
  • Gameloop Montreal is a one-of-a-kind unconference open to all game developers, journalists, critics, academics, artists, and students. Anyone involved in the culture of games is invited to share ideas and participate in discussions surrounding the discourse, practices, and development of games. (October – December)
  • GAMERella Game Jam is a game jam focused on encouraging self-identified women, gender non conforming game makers, people with different abilities as well as anyone who feels they haven’t had a chance to make a (video or board) game to get into game development. There are workshops, mentors, snacks and keynote speakers to make sure everyone is inspired, supported and safe!

Spring

  • Demo Night offers a rare glimpse into the production process. Studios across Montreal–no matter the size–come and demo their projects in concise, BS-free 5-minute increments. Here, you can get early access information to some heavily anticipated games, and rub shoulders with the developers who are making them.  (January)
  • The Global Game Jam is the largest Game Jam worldwide, featuring international participation at a number of hubs around the world! This list includes Montreal, where students can take part in the jam and create something completely new in an intensive creation session spanning just 48 hours! (January)
  • Montreal Joue is a cultural games festival (video games, board games, role playing games etc.) which takes place in over 60 different locations. (Feb – March)

Summer

  • Effets MTL is a gathering of the VFX and the animation industries. (June)
  • Montreal Comiccon is a pop-culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from entertainment genres like Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming in all its forms, and, of course, bande dessinée and comic books. It features a large array of exhibits with several companies demonstrating their wares and a few vehicles or set pieces from film or television are on display, a shopping experience like no other, aimed at fans that are looking for games, T-Shirts, comics, toys, statues, DVDs/Blu-rays, replicas and more collector items. (July)
  • Disco:MTL The Game Discoverability Summit is the first summit in North America dedicated exclusively to discoverability and marketing for video games. Disco:MTL has action-packed talks that will reinvigorate your marketing strategy, connect you with the streamers you need to know, and help your video game stand out from the crowd.

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Gaming bars, cafes, and shops

Bars and Cafes

There are also great places you can go to play games in the city:

  • Retro gaming bar Foonzo (1245 Drummond) – Old school consoles can be found at a number of tables, and there are even some board games in the mix.
  • Randolphe Pub Ludique (2041 St. Denis) is a veritable board game paradise. Aside from the gigantic selection of games to play, the pub also has great eats. There is a $5 cover to get in and play, but Randolph is well worth the price.
  • Le Colonel Moutarde  – (4418 St Denis St.) is another board game bar with no cover charge.
  • Montreal Forum’s Game Centre (2313 Sainte-Catherine West). On the third floor of the Forum, you’ll find an arcade and bar combo that you can’t really find elsewhere in the city. Over 100 games are playable in the Game Centre, from skeeball to House of the Dead.
  • ArcadeMTL (2031 St Denis St, Montreal). About three times a month, a community group comprised of Montrealers who are passionate about gaming, hold public gaming events that everyone can attend. Each event is centered on a specific game or genre. Check the Facebook group regularly for upcoming events.
  • O-Taku Manga Lounge (3623 Saint-Denis) is part cafe, part manga library/bookstore, and is the ideal spot for the manga-lovers. O-Taku also holds regular events, like Super Smash Bros. night and One Piece quiz competition, so you can get social with the Montreal manga-loving community.

Gaming shops

  • Chez Geeks – Whatever game you’re into, from Magic to HeroClix, Chez Geeks (1663 Saint-Denis) has you covered, at least when it comes to the card-based variety of games. You can even pre-order an upcoming expansion through the store.
  • Le Valet de Cœur – Boasting a wide selection of board and card games, Le Valet de Cœur (4408 Saint-Denis) has more than you could really want out of a geek store. Anytime you need a new addition to games night with your crew, this is the place to go.
  • Boutique Geekatorium (4323 Saint-Denis) houses plenty of clothes, backpacks, and accessories.
  • 1,000,000 Comix (1418 Pierce) sells Comics, Toys, Cards and all collectibles.
  • Librairie Crossover Comics (3560 Notre-Dame W) is a store and website dedicated to informing people about comics. We have many features ranging from help for people new to comics all the way up to the seasoned comic reader who probably knows more than we ever will.
  • Capitaine Québec – Montreal’s oldest and largest comic book store (1837D Sainte Catherine).
  • Millenium is a comic book store in Montreal, Quebec that specializes in American, French Canadian and French comic books. Our expertise incited us to make a website to make our products accessible online and to offer competitive prices.
  • Comic Hunter (9675 Papineau #10) offers products online and offline.
  • Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard) is a magical moment anyone can enjoy. D&Q’s selection of titles is wide and eclectic, and they’re also an independent publisher, so you’ll be supporting local artists by buying one of their books!
  • Planète BD (3883 Saint-Denis) has a vast selection of French comic book titles, from Tintin to fantasy titles to westerns. Anglophones may not find anything they can really read, but the spot is perfect for those who want to practice their French.

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