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.
The Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) has officially started. Many Ludians are on site in order to talk to those interested in joining the gaming industry. Whether you have a lot of experience or are fresh out of school, come see us!
What is your name and what do you do at Ludia?
Mathieu Lapierre, game programmer
How did you get into the video game industry?
I studied at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in video game design. After getting my degree in May 2013, I moved to Quebec City thinking that I would find work quickly. Unfortunately, that was not the case. To put all the odds on my side, I decided to apply in several other cities, including Montreal. I was lucky enough to be chosen by Ludia who hired me in December 2013.
What part of your job do you like the most?
I love challenges. Sometimes I am asked to fix bugs in the game. I love to analyze and dissect the code in order to find out what’s not working. It’s very rewarding to find solutions to problems.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced on the job?
A few months after my arrival at Ludia, there was a big update on Jurassic Park, the project I work on. We had a lot of changes to implement within a rather short period of time, which took a lot of teamwork. It was a very rewarding experience.
What is the most enjoyable part of working at Ludia?
At Ludia, the work atmosphere is great. People are happy to be here and you can feel it in the air. The work environment is dynamic, and it really makes you want to come to work in the morning.
Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the video game industry?
The key is networking! It’s important to get involved in events related to video games such as the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) or the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). When I was studying at UQAC I was lucky enough to win passes to the MIGS two years in a row. It was a fantastic experience. It’s important to take advantage of every networking opportunity that comes your way because you never know who you might meet!