Ludia creates and distributes cross-platform interactive entertainment with mass consumer appeal.
Located in Montreal and founded by experienced industry players, Ludia's innovative and high-quality product portfolio consists of original and branded properties including, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?®, Family Feud®, Jurassic Park, Press Your Luck®, The Price Is Right®, Where's Waldo?® and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
It’s time for the MIGS and as tradition has it, we’ll be at the Palais des Congrès from November 13th to 15th as the Bronze Sponsor of the Montreal International Game Summit. What do we have in store for you? We’ll have a booth with a lounge and gaming area, a coding competition and candy. Come by and talk with our Ludians about our studio, job opportunities and our projects. One of our lead animators will also be giving a conference on Tuesday, November 15th at 11am in room 518C. Find out more…
Tell me about yourself and your career?
My name is Jonathan Abenhaim and I’m a lead animator at Ludia. Growing up and living in Montreal, I’ve worked in this city my whole life. I’ve been in the video game industry for the past 16 years. Three years ago, I decided to switch from AAA to mobile because, over the past decade, mobile has proven to be a very popular platform that keeps evolving and can’t be ignored anymore.
What made you want to give a talk at the MIGS?
Since animating is not only a job but a passion, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share that with others in the industry. I love animating so much that, in my free time; I create video tutorials that I share on my You Tube channel. For me, giving a conference at the MIGS is an opportunity to do the same thing while talking to a live audience of industry professionals and upcoming artists in the animation community.
What will your conference be about?
The title of my conference is The Journey from AAA Animation to Mobile: Animation Efficiency. I will be sharing animation techniques that will show you how to animate efficiently, how to create more with less (using 1 animation to create 3) without losing the quality in your animation. I’ll be doing a live demo instead of showing a static presentation, so I’m really excited about that. The MIGS is an important yearly event for the industry and I think it’s a great place to share knowledge, learn from one another and connect with industry professionals.
I hope to see you there!
Ludia was part of the activities and networking as the bronze partner of the MIGS this year. The event was a great success. For this edition, a third day was added in order to fit even more interesting conferences and make the event more accessible to everyone. Ludia was well represented at its booth with a team of motivated and open-minded people excited to chat about the industry and what they do. There were many memorable moments, here are a few:
Once again this year, our booth was in the middle of all the action. Its theme was inspired by our recent ad campaign showcasing the company’s culture and employees.
Many people from the industry, as well as students and professionals looking for internships or jobs came to see us!
Three of our Ludians were chosen to give conferences. From mobile games to company culture and technology, there was something for everyone.
Kim Parkinson, Assistant Director - Talent Management at Ludia, was interviewed by CBC News! This demonstrates that the video game industry in Montreal is alive and well. Watch it here (the interview starts at 18:00).
It wouldn’t be a Ludia booth without candy. However, this year, we added a massage station to highlight the importance we put on well-being, which was very much appreciated by everyone.
And it’s a wrap. Thanks to everyone who came to see us. We enjoyed meeting all of you!
Ludians are not just a group of individuals who work together; they are also a community of people who share similar interests and a common space. Our work environment is not limited to our studio. We are fortunate to be located in an area that offers many different activities. In addition to being in constant effervescence, it’s an inspiring place overflowing with creativity. It’s not surprising that other video game studios, video production studios and art galleries have chosen to set up shop there. You want to know why Ludians love their work environment? It's simple ...
The best of both worlds: The Old Port is like being in nature right in the middle of the city. Once you step outside of our studio, it's a 2 minute walk to the waterfront. It's the perfect setting to take a walk at lunch with colleagues or go for a jog. You can even stop along the way for a paleta.
A gym in our back yard: Our studio is located next to the bike path, which is convenient because several Ludians ride their bicycle to work. Since health is an important part of our corporate culture, we encourage our employees to be active. It's the perfect way to combine business with pleasure.
Neighborhood life: While making your way to the studio, it's impossible not to feel inspired. From building architecture to artists who have set up their kiosks near Place Jacques-Cartier, there is always something around to fuel our creativity.
The pleasures of food: Forgetting your lunch is not a problem when you work close to several delicious restaurants. During the summer, even more choices are available to us because of the food trucks. There are also many parks close by where we can eat outside and enjoy the weather.
A feast for the senses: The Old Port has a number of museums and festivals. Whether it's music, history, archaeology, cooking or fitness and well-being that interests Ludians, there's definitely something for everyone.
The Hors-Jeu 2014 video is finally here! We are happy to share some of the best moments from Ludia's second annual conference with you. Thank you for making this event such a great success!
Katharine Lewis is Senior Vice President Strategy and Operations, Digital and Branded Entertainment Division for FremantleMedia. Before that, she was Senior Vice President Business Development for FremantleMedia Enterprises Americas, where she was instrumental in several strategic investments including Montreal-based gaming company Ludia.
This year Ludia had the pleasure of participating in the Montreal International Game Summit (aka MIGS) as a bronze partner, and it was a HUGE success!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the MIGS, this is the biggest professional video games industry event in Canada and on the East Coast!
Here are some of the event highlights:
We learnt lots of important things about the gaming industry
Photo credit: MIGS
We met lots of interesting people
Photo credit: MIGS
We came together united for the industry
We talked about the jobs we are passionate about
We showed off our art skills
And, we got to eat candy for breakfast and not feel guilty about it
Photo credit: Laurent Michel Tremblay
A big thank you to the MIGS and to all of those who made this event possible. We would also like to thank those who came by the booth to say hello. It was a true pleasure to meet all of you!
See you next year!