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.
Once again this year, Ludia is participating in the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) as the Bronze sponsor. Among other things, this event is an excellent opportunity to network and learn more about what is happening in the industry. For the occasion, we would like to introduce you to one Ludian who recently made his debut in the world of video games.
What is your name and what do you do at Ludia?
Pascal Guay, Game Programmer
How did you get into the video game industry?
I have a degree in software engineering with a specialization in video games from Concordia University. During my studies, I did a four-month internship at Ubisoft, my first experience in the gaming industry. One week after graduating in April 2014, I was hired by Ludia as a game programmer.
What part of your job do you like the most?
I was fortunate to be hired to work on a game that was at the beginning of its production phase. It's really great to be involved in a project where everything must be created from scratch. It allows me to have a greater involvement in the creation side of things and I love to program new modules (features) in the game.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced on the job?
Since the design of the game is constantly evolving and can change drastically during the iterations, I must learn to do programming that will adapt well to unexpected changes in the future. Also, working with dinosaurs that have an attitude is not always obvious.
What is the most enjoyable part of working at Ludia?
At Ludia, the work environment is so friendly that it makes you want to stay. I love the open space concept which allows for greater communication between teams. People are happy and there are many activities that facilitate exchanges between employees. For my part, I love to play ping-pong, pool and socialize with my colleagues during happy hour in the lounge on Fridays.
Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the video game industry?
The video game industry is very competitive. It’s important to network and meet people with similar interests. During my studies, I joined a group that’s part of the video game community in Montreal: The Mount Royal Game Society (MRGS). I met several interesting people and it allowed me to gain visibility. There are many groups like this one in Montreal, you just have to do a bit of research and get involved.