Created in 2014, Catapulte is an acceleration program for independent video game studios in Quebec presented by Ubisoft and supported by several industry players. The initiative aims to offer small studios the means to achieve their ambitions, provided that they manage to convince three judges of the potential of their game.
This year, David Langlois, the only member of the winning studio Vidvad Games, won them over with his The Tale of the Extended Warranty, a bustling arcade game in which the main character must tame hordes of salesmen and saleswomen by the sheer force of the word
no — transformed, for the needs of the game, into a powerful weapon.
In order to concretize his game, which is still in its infancy, he collects a purse of 50,000 dollars. He will also be entitled to a one-year mentorship from several industry experts in different areas of video game design. In all, the prize is valued at $125,000.
A place in the finals of the Ubisoft Indie Series 2023 is also reserved for the title in development The Tale of the Extended Warranty.
Sublime wins the independent award
Four other studios were also finalists in the grand prize of the Catapult competition.
The first, Sublime, can be delighted to have won the independent prize, awarded by independent studios in the Quebec region. He therefore benefits from a grant of 4000 dollars to develop his simulation game Outbrk, which enjoins players to hunt tornadoes at the wheel of a personalized racing car.
Among the finalists, we also find the studio A Little Smarter and its title Toy Maker Simulatoran educational-flavored game that features creating toys and testing the limits of electricity and physics, as well as Studio IMUGI and its title Revolutiona strategy game with accents steampunk which proposes to revisit the French Revolution… with robots.
The fourth finalist, Madlife Entertainment Inc, for its part, decided to withdraw from the competition for a reason that the studio could not reveal, but which we guess positive. He is currently developing sugar shacka collaborative game offering players the opportunity to produce maple syrup.
The Catapult finale was broadcast on RadioTalbot, Denis Talbot’s Twitch channel. It was followed live by several hundred people.
Last year, RageCure Games won honors for its game Goons: Legends of the Hockeyverse.