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My experience in the industry started about 18 years ago when I joined aFrench firm in Montreal, where we were making adventure games. Since then,my experience has brought me to several studios, including Eidos,about 10 years ago now, then I came back, it’s been about 18 months. In 2009,Eidos Montréal was acquired by Square Enix, which is a Japanese groupthat you probably know from Final Fantasy, other really iconic games.We just hit the 500-employee mark. It’s really a family atmosphere,where everyone works together, the oil in the system. So my team is thegears, and my job is to get them turning, so that it all runssmoothly. We’ve attracted people from all over the world, mainly from Europe, I’dsay, where it’s a bit more developed. But we have more and more local potential,either from Montreal, Toronto or a little further in Western Canada.Personally, I’m a big fan of diversity, so I have people with undergraduate degrees,Master's degrees, PhDs and even post-doctoral degrees. I’d say Montreal has probably becomea mecca for AI development in North America. Montreal hasdeveloped a huge ecosystem for research, AI,for example, in natural language processing, how we can apply that tovideo game production.My team is made up of Python programmers with experience in machinelearning, so it’s a totally new type of profile that didn’t exist in the video gameindustry until even about two years ago. So it requires mathematicians,researchers in cognitive science who apply their experience outside the video gamemarket to improve the way we make games, test games,the type of experience we can give our players. The machine learningfield is something that has really picked up speed in the lastfew years.So there are a lot more people who are interested in the matter,lots of people who are interested in making video games, so that allows usto go look for a new pool of talent from a slightly more scientificfield, and to have them contribute to video game development. I hopeto see more women applying for technical roles. The AI researcherprofile is a profile that is gaining more popularity in Canada.Advancing the industry and growing the game, for me that means having a lotmore diversity, both in the roles for which we’re hiring and the types of individualswe’ll be looking for.I am Eric Martel from Eidos-Montréal and I’m helping advance the industry andgrow the game.

Eidos Montréal: The Canadian Video Game Industry 2019

Éric Martel Director of AI and Machine Learning, Eidos-Montréal Montréal (Quebec) Eric Martel is currently Director of AI and Machine Learning at Eidos-Montréal, where he manages a department that researches and develops innovative game development methods through the use of AI. Eric has worked in the games industry for the past 18 years. Over these years, he led gameplay teams in developing creative and robust game AI on franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Thief.  A firm believer of sharing experience and knowledge, Eric spoke at multiple conferences including the GDC and MIGS.  He also published articles in the AI Wisdom and Game AI Pro series.
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