Get ready to play: The Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec returns!

Martine Rhéaume

Strategizing, outsmarting and hours of fun will all be happening at the Place des Festivals during the biggest and most entertaining open-air game event in Québec.

For its fifth edition, the Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec—host to the largest gathering of players of all ages—will transform the Esplanade of Place des arts, renamed Esplanade des Jeux for the occasion.

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Esplanade des Jeux

Every day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.—and sometimes earlier on weekends (see schedule)—players young and old can immerse themselves in their favourite games and discover new ones. From video games to board games, quizzes to arcade games and beyond, there’s something for every game lover under the sun.

To give participants the chance to try out new games, the Complexe Valet d’cœur will be featuring board games from around the world, with hosts onsite to guide festivalgoers. And they’ll be in good hands: their hosts live to play board games!

The Zone Arcade features a dozen retro games, including NBA Blitz and Miss Pac Man. Here’s your chance to beat your old records or play for the first time. And why not try a giant-sized arcade game? The Wall, by Spin, is a human-sized version of Atari on skateboards: players throw Frisbees at illuminated targets!

No matter what your age or skill level, outdoor giant games and dexterity games will be all over the Esplanade, including Blockus, Speed Cups, Tumbling Dice, and À la bouffe. Maniax offers axe-throwing and gives you the chance to tap into your inner Viking with tools that range from the mini axe to the Exterminator.

Under the Cabine T tent, you can test out new virtual reality games. The paradise-like decor of Land’s End or a fight against zombies in the apocalyptic universe of Dead End Alley promise to be crowd pleasers.

For riddle solvers, the T-Booth Wireless Treasure Hunt and the Luma Challenge invites participants to search for clues hidden all over the site and use their grey matter to crack codes in the fastest times possible. 

With its Hawaiian tiki bar/speakeasy ambiance, the Colonel Moutarde bar will be open throughout the event and will host interviews with many Québecois game creators.

Sleeman stage

To kick off the festivities, Montréal DJ Bolarinho will get the crowds dancing with his funkytro grooving from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18. Entertainment will also include the beats of DJ Blanco (July 20, 21 and 27) and the Just Dance Party on a giant screen, hosted by Montréal Gaymers (July 23 and 28).

Is Testeur Alpha really the best racing driver of Mario Kart 64 (July 22)? What games will Jérémie Larouche be trying out (July 20, 21 and 23)? Will Jean-François Provençal and Julien Corriveau from the Appendices know how to handle the big consoles (July 26)? Head over to the Sleeman stage to see for yourself.

All festivalgoers are invited to take part too! Donjons & Dragons, Super Smash Bros, Decrypto, Galérapagos, Golden Eye, Kitchen Rush, Mortal Kombat and many other games to play together are on the program. Plus, trivia buffs can flaunt their stuff during the Pub quizzes on July 21 and 24.

Mondial des Sports

July 20 and 21, the public is invited to enter its teams in the ball hockey and cage soccer tournaments. It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in the wackiest sports competition in Québec.


On the Sleeman stage or at the Monument-National, everyone’s invited to try out Donjons & Dragons, Klask, Star Wars X-Wing and much more. Check out the program (registration and fees required for some tournaments).

The Mondial des Jeux is not just a festival but a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the game scene that’s alive and kicking in Montréal and around the world.

Go to the Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec web site to see the schedule.

Martine Rheaume

Martine Rhéaume, blogger

Martine Rhéaume is a strategic writer. The texts she writes or edits are elegant yet precise, direct yet pleasant. Martine first got a degree in musicology before getting an advanced graduate diploma in Marketing Communications (HEC Montréal, 2016). She worked as an editor, then an advertising copywriter for TC Médias Livres from 2011 to 2016. Since 2017, Martine is editor in chief at C2 Montréal.

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