A competition designed to drive leadership in the video game industry

The Ubisoft Indie Series presented by National Bank is an annual competition for independent game development studios, offering cash prizes, mentorship, and creative, marketing, and financial tools to help local studios and their games reach new heights.

This Canadian initiative is part of the Ubisoft Entrepreneurs program, which supports the growth of local entrepreneurs in the technology and entertainment industries with mentorship, expertise, grants and funding.

The Ubisoft Indie Series will invite up to 10 studios to pitch and demo their games before a jury comprised of Ubisoft and National Bank experts in May 2022. We’re seeking eligible games at the beginning of their production phase that are original, show great creative vision, possess great potential for success, and are created by studios that value diversity in their game and/or teams.  

Does your studio Qualify?

Independent studios of no more than 50 employees, that are located in Ontario, Canada are eligible.

Are you a Quebec independent studio? Click here for all the details regarding the Quebec Ubisoft Indie Series.

Application Deadline

Applications are open!
January 12, 2022 to February 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m

Pitch Day

Up to 10 studios will be invited to pitch and demo their games before a jury comprised of Ubisoft and National Bank experts on May 3, 2022.

Ubisoft is a supporter of the video game ecosystem

Ubisoft opened its first Canadian studio in 1997. Since then, the company has played an active role in developing a passionate and creative ecosystem where studios, small and large, have collaborated to make the video game industry shine on an international level. Making games is difficult and presents many challenges: financially, creatively, and more. This is precisely why we want to connect with our colleagues, share knowledge and expertise, and together, ensure Canada continues to grow as a game development leader worldwide.

The Bank is a supporter of Canadian entrepreneurs in the video game industry

Our involvement in the contest builds on this history. National Bank was founded in 1859 by and for entrepreneurs. As we’ve grown, we’ve been there to guide tens of thousands of businesses through every stage of their development. Today, the Bank continues to serve as a key partner for businesses of all sizes. Our experts offer support to businesses in a variety of sectors and have extensive experience in developing business models for tech companies.

Prize

Grand Prize

The winning studio in Ontario will receive:

  • Mentorship provided by Ubisoft experts to help with development according to the studio’s needs. (Max 30 hours)
  • Personalized financial diagnosis and counsel provided by National Bank experts.
  • Marketing support for the game.
  • Internal and external communications activities to promote the collaboration between Ubisoft and the studio, locally and internationally.
  • Entrepreneurial training experience offered by National Bank.
  • $50,000 (CAD)

National Bank’s Special Prize

National Bank will determine, according to its own selection criteria, one (1) studio in Ontario who will win a Special Prize:

  • Mentorship provided by Ubisoft experts to help with development according to the studio’s needs. (Max 30 hours)
  • Personalized financial diagnosis and counsel provided by National Bank experts.
  • $25,000 (CAD)
  • The studio is independent.
  • The studio is Canadian-owned in a proportion of at least 50% and is based in Ontario.
  • The studio is composed of no more than 50 team members.
  • At least 50% of team members must be located in Ontario.

Questions

Questions? Please contact the Ubisoft Indie Series team at info@ubisoftindieseries.com.

Confidentiality and Regulations

Past Winners

2021

Grand Prize: Mermaid Heavy Industries

National Bank Special Prize: Killjoy Games

2020

Grand Prize: Vivid Foundry

National Bank Special Prize: Kitten Cup Studio

2019

Grand Prize: GLOAM

National Bank Special Prize: WashBear Studio

2018

Grand Prize: Alientrap Games

National Bank Special Prize: Falling Squirrel

2017  

Grand Prize: Reptoid Games

Ubisoft Indie Series Winners 2019
Indie Series winners Alientrap Games Inc
Indie Series winners Reptoid Games
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