Ubisoft Indie Series winners 2022

Ubisoft Announces Indie Series 2022 Winners

We finally know who Ubisoft Toronto is naming as the winners of its 2022 Indie Series Ontario Grand Prize and Special Prize.

Achimostawinan Games in my home of Hamilton, Ontario is finding themselves on the receiving end of $50,000 studio funding. Hamilton is home to several tribes of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the Credit. It’s also surrounded by beautiful natural reserves protected for generations by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant — an agreement between members of the Haudenosaunee and
Anishinaabek tribes, and later, European settlers lived on and protect the land as friends. So, it’s great to see Achimostawinan, which is Cree for “tell us a story” win this grant.

Fitting where gaming has gone over the past few years, Achimostawinan is interested in telling cyberpunk futurist stories with a voice steeped in Aboriginal history and focusing on the future.

“On behalf of the team at Achimostawinan Games, let me say that we are honoured to receive this prize! It has been hard working as a small team through the pandemic, so a big, big kinanâskomitin for everyone and to everyone who has supported us along the way!” Says  Meagan Byrne, founder of Achimostawinan Games.

The $25,000 Special Prize this year is going to SYSTEM PANIC — an outfit based in Toronto’s legendary Gama Space creative co-working commons that, like Achimostawinan, aims to tell stories with a futuristic and international approach to stories that are atypical of what currently exists in gaming.

“I look forward to redoubling my work with the Gamma Space community to help get our game, Grabby Paws, ready for a public appearance soon! I’m hard at work with the best supports in the world and grateful for the opportunity to have shared my progress with the Ubisoft Indie Series jury.” Says Kaitlyn Dougon, founder of SYSTEM PANIC.

Both studios will also receive mentoring from members of Ubisoft Toronto’s staff and connections on gaming topics like design, narrative, accessibility, programming, marketing, and financing.

“Congratulations to Achimostawinan Games, SYSTEM PANIC and all of this year’s Indie Series finalists,” says Andy Schmoll, jury chair and senior game designer at Ubisoft Toronto. “As a returning jury member, it’s remarkable to see how indie studios continue to expand on what’s possible in games year over year. We continue to be surprised and excited by the pitches, and the increasingly creative approaches studios are taking.”