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Ontario Post-Secondary Students Shine in the Ubisoft Toronto NEXT Challenge

May 28, 2020
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Ubisoft NXT Showcase 2019-7

The seventh Ubisoft Toronto NEXT Challenge was a new experience for our studio – and, of course, our entrants. As we adjusted to working from home, students across the province juggled a pivot to virtual education while also (somehow) finding time to participate in our yearly competition.

Needless to say: With over 250 submissions, we are incredibly impressed to see how students persevered.

Winning students will make the transition to hands-on game development in the coming weeks. They will join teams at Ubisoft Toronto for three-month long paid apprenticeships, working alongside some of the industry’s brightest minds. While we aren’t able to bring this year’s apprentices into our studio just yet, our teams are looking forward to collaborating remotely with these emerging talents in the meantime.

Though it wasn’t possible to gather together in person to celebrate, it was important for us to celebrate the NEXT finalists’ achievements and we were thrilled to do so by hosting a digital awards ceremony. Judges from each of the seven categories shared their appreciation and praise for the hard work submitted by Ontario students.

So, without further ado, here are the 2020 Ubisoft Toronto NEXT winners in 3D Art, Animation, Concept Art, Level Design, Programming, Technical Art, and User Interface.

The 2020 Ubisoft Toronto NEXT Winners

3D Art

1st Place

Dong-Hoon Choi – Centennial College

 

2nd Place

Acie Suralta – George Brown College

 

3rd Place

Lynden Sylvestre – Durham College

 

Animation

1st Place

Bruno Sampaio Leme Dias – George Brown College

 

2nd Place

Ashutosh Chawla – Centennial College

 

3rd Place

Thedrick John Lancaon – George Brown College

Concept Art

1st Place

David Mattiacci – Toronto Film School

 

2nd Place

Adam Homonylo – Max the Mutt College

 

3rd Place

Nan Shi – Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD)

Level Design

1st Place

Sukhraj Johal – Sheridan College

 

2nd Place

Kyle Richardson – George Brown College

 

3rd Place

Julian Disterheft – George Brown College

Programming

1st Place

Jacob Pratley – Ontario Tech University

 

2nd Place

Oktay Comu – University of Toronto

 

3rd Place

Robin Vandenbrande – Centennial College

Technical Art

1st Place

Mohamad Salame – Durham College

 

2nd Place

Dongyoon Lee – Humber College

User Interface

1st Place

Shane Saxton – Niagara College

 

2nd Place

Wilson Truong – Sheridan College

 

3rd Place

Vicky Tran – Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD)

 

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Watch last night’s awards ceremony below.

Ubisoft Toronto NEXT

Ubisoft Toronto NEXT is an annual competition designed to display the talent of video game development students in Ontario, and to kickstart their careers in the industry. With paid apprenticeships in hand, winners of each category receive the opportunity to learn from top talent and further hone their skills.

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