The $5,000 Prix Special Ingenio for the best interactive multimedia entertainment project, offered for the 7th consecutive year in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest, has been awarded to Wendigo Studios. The name of the winning company was announced at the evening Provincial and International Grand Prize Gala on June 19, 2007, at the Capitole de Quebec, where 58 prizes were awarded for a total of $300,000 in grants.
Wendigo Studios is a young company rooted in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region whose mission is to create, produce and distribute interactive videogames throughout the world. Founded by 6 Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi (UQAC) seniors, Wendigo Studios offers, in addition to videogame production, e-commerce services and interactive systems development.
"This is an entrepreneurial project that brings the region together, inasmuch as its developers took the time to rally all the pertinent local resources and create the kind of synergy needed for successful development," commented Ingenio's md Nathalie Rajotte, who also acted as president of the jury awarding the Loto-Quebec research and development subsidiary's special prize.
"In November 2005, when we were in our final year of study in videogame design at UQAC, we attended the Montreal International Game Summit, where the idea of starting our own enterprise was born," explains Eric Trudel, Wendigo Studios' ceo.
"We are delighted to participate in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest and support startup enterprises that show considerable creativity and vitality in their fields," added Rajotte.
More information about Wendigo Studios is available at www.wendigostudios.com/.
Founded in 1998, the Loto-Quebec subsidiary's main activity is in research and development for new products and methods of commercialization of games of chance and money, in an international context.