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.
Did you get the chance to go to #MIGS16 this year? Our team was there and it was a busy, productive, interesting and rewarding 3 days. As the bronze partner, we had a lot going on at our booth. Some of our Ludians were also involved in conferences and interviews. These types of events are so important for the gaming industry and we enjoy being a part of it. Here’s a look at what we were up to:
Our booth was in a prime location, which allowed us to meet and chat with a lot of people from the Montreal video game scene as well as students and professionals from other cities and countries.
Jonathan Abenhaim – Lead Animator on our Dragons: Rise of Berk game, gave a conference on animating efficiently. He did a live demo to the sound of progressive house music. The audience seemed to like the ambiance.
… He was also interviewed by IMGMR and Girls on Games to name a few. He had a great time talking about his work, his career and his day to day at Ludia!
Espresso Jobs also interviewed one of our recruiters and one of our programmers to find out a bit more about the company, our culture and values.
Our Production manager, Jimmy Beaubien, was asked to be a mentor at the IGDA mentor café.
The coding competition at our booth was a hit. Many people came by to show off their skills.
As you probably guessed, we had candy once again this year. It’s become a tradition that’s appreciated by many.
On February 24th, we hosted a panel, in collaboration with Pixelles, on diversity in the gaming industry. We welcomed 5 amazing and inspiring women who work in that milieu. Armed with good advice and tips on how to break into the industry, they spoke to a room filled with several young women, and some men, who want to be a part of this exciting world! For your convenience, we took the evening’s main highlights and put them in this post...
Networking is important
Networking will greatly improve your chances of success. Go out and meet people who work in the industry, it will open doors for you. Get involved in events organized within the video game industry, among others, and make connections with people on LinkedIn. Recruiters and industry people use this tool a lot in order to expand their network.
Preparing for the interview is crucial
When searching for a job, do not limit yourself to the job description. Sometimes you have to take a chance and let the recruiter do the screening. Once you get an interview, come prepared by doing your homework on the company. Research their games and the technology they use. During the interview, don’t hesitate to ask questions: recruiters like to see that you are interested in their company.
The "fit" is important
In addition to technical skills, studios are looking for candidates who have a personality and values similar to their own. Humility, team spirit and authenticity are qualities that are more and more important to employers. Whether you are extroverted or not, each person can find his/her place in this industry.
All experiences count
Take internships seriously, treat them the same way you would a full-time job. More often than not, internships become permanent positions and open several doors. You’ll also want to use internships as opportunities to get to know your strengths.
What employers want
It’s a fact that, in 2016, there is still a lack of women in industry. However, companies want more diversity; they want more women on their team. Furthermore, studios are looking for passionate people who work well in teams.
For this edition of Ludians in the Spotligh, we would like to introduce you to Julie. She's a 2D artist at Ludia and she loves her work environment and what she does. Here's why...
What is your name and what do you do at Ludia?
Julie Bor, 2D Artist
Tell me about your career path
I was born in France and studied graphic and web design in a visual communication school there. I love drawing and being creative so this was the perfect career choice for me. When I moved to Quebec, one of my friends who worked at Ludia, told me about the company and how much he liked working there. I was always a fan of the video game industry so I applied and I’m still here today.
Tell me about your day to day at Ludia
As a 2D artist, I spend my days drawing and creating. I'm working on a game that’s not released yet but it's a really interesting project that allows me to explore several graphic styles. I like that; it allows me to do different things every day. Having new challenges motivates and drives me. I never get tired of doing what I do.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced on the job?
The challenge I faced was learning to adapt to a new technical language specific to the gaming industry. Before working at Ludia, I worked as a freelancer and in much smaller companies where the terms used were simpler, closer to everyday language.
What is the most enjoyable part of working at Ludia?
The people and the work environment. The gaming industry is a very creative milieu and the people who work in the field are friendly and dynamic. We have a very colorful and inclusive environment where employees can express themselves freely. I love being able to be who I am and dress the way I like. Another point I find important is the fact that at Ludia, employees are not treated like numbers. We feel like we’re part of a group and that we're contributing to the success of the company.
Tell me a fun fact about yourself OR one of your hidden talents
I have several tattoos and as a hobby, I asked a tattoo artist friend to show me the technique. I am fortunate to know many people who let me practice on them.