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Develop at Ubisoft and Ubisoft Toronto NEXT are back!

September 27, 2022
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Calling all aspiring artists, gamedevs & project managers: Develop at Ubisoft & Ubisoft Toronto NEXT are back!

A new school year means another year filled with opportunities for students and recent grads at Ubisoft Toronto! Today, we’re announcing the return of Develop at Ubisoft (DAU) and a special 10th Anniversary Edition of Ubisoft Toronto NEXT. Both programs feature new program tracks, opportunities to connect with mentors, and the chance to kick-start your career with a paid internship at our studio. 

DAU aims to foster emerging talent, who identify as women, transgender, non-binary, and/or Two-Spirit. Participants will have the opportunity to receive guidance throughout the challenge from mentors and gain insights into the development process. This year’s program tracks include programming, game design and production management. Registration for DAU is now open and will run until October 23.  

Ubisoft Toronto NEXT, our annual competition open to all students and recent grads in Ontario wanting to break into game development, will launch on October 4. You can sign up today to receive reminders on registration, submission deadlines, networking opportunities with judges and more. 

Deadlines for both programs will run through Fall 2022 and Winter 2023, and can be viewed on the DAU and NEXT websites. Winners will be announced in May 2023.  

Supporting emerging talent with Develop at Ubisoft  

First piloted in 2019 at Ubisoft Toronto, DAU supports emerging talent from underrepresented gender identities break into the video game industry and provide support through mentorship. The program creates a space for individuals to collaborate and learn from the industry’s top talent.   

This year, DAU will focus on three core disciplines: 

  • Programming: In this technical gameplay challenge, you will create and submit a game made entirely in C++ using a provided API. The submission Deadline is January 15, 2023. 
  • Game Design: Apply your design sensibilities across the multi-part Game Design challenge that will represent the production journey of a Game Designer at Ubisoft. The first stage submission deadline is November 20, 2022. 
  • Production Management: Apply your project management skills to analyze & solve real problems that are tackled by our Production Management teams. The first stage submission deadline is November 20, 2022. 

You can register now for Develop at Ubisoft and read more about the submissions process here. 

Getting ready for #NEXT10 

For 10 years, NEXT has showcased the talent of video game development students in Ontario and has helped kickstart their careers in the industry. The competition is open to students and recent graduates.  

This year, we’ve added two new tracks: Game Design & UX Design. They join Animation, 3D Art, Concept Art, Technical Art, Level Design and Programming.  

Challenges are created collaboratively by Ubisoft Toronto experts and designed to help participants understand production pipelines, constraints and relevant challenges while also building a portfolio for potential employers. 

NEXT has awarded apprenticeships across 3D art, animation, concept art, level design, programming, and technical art, and has sparked the careers of more than 79 students at Ubisoft Toronto since 2013 – contributing to the Splinter Cell Remake, Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs: Legion, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Far Cry 5. 

For more details on each track – including project briefs and submission deadlines – visit toronto.ubisoft.com/next. 

Our studio is proud to support students as they look to build their careers at the intersection of technology and art, and explore opportunities in video games. For updates on DAU and NEXT, follow Ubisoft Toronto on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.  

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