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Michel Ancel / Member of the game creation contest jury

Michel Ancel is a French videogame creator born on March 29th 1972 in Monaco. He is the man behind famous series Rayman.

In 1989, he joined Ubisoft as a freelance designer. In 1992, he became a full-time employee and lead the development of an original platformer entitled Rayman. The first episode was released in 1995 on Jaguar, PlayStation and Saturn with worldwide success.

Michel Ancel then dedicated to new projects. In his new Montpellier-based studios, he focused on an ambitious adventure game supposed to be divided into three parts for which he worked hard on the writing side. Beyond Good and Evil (often known as BGE) was released in 2003 on PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox.
The game drew the attention of New Zealander film director Peter Jackson who decided to call on the Frenchman to adapt his new full-length feature film King Kong for console.

He was awarded as “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” (French order of arts and letters) in March 2006 from French minister for culture R. Donnedieu de Vabres.

In May 2008, Ubisoft revealed Beyond Good and Evil 2, with Michel Ancel in control. Then in 2014 Michel Ancel announced his new project Wild – a PS4-exclusive game.
Michel Ancel will honour us with his presence at MAGIC 2017 as a member of the judging panel for the videogame creation contest. You will also find him at conferences and meet & greet sessions!

Registration for the event

MAGIC#3 will happen on February 18th 2017 in the Grimaldi Forum Monaco! Registrations are closed!

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Cédric Biscay
Cédric Biscay
It is a great honour for Shibuya Productions to announce the third Edition of Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC) taking place next 18h February in Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum. Being myself a fan of mangas, video games, animation and comics, I just wanted to share those passions with people who love those worlds by bringing them some of the greatest artists from around the world. Read more...