Game on! Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec takes playtime to new heights

by Toula Drimonis

Get ready to get your game on! From July 15 to July 30, both the young and the young at heart will be able to test their skills and play to their hearts’ delight in downtown Montreal.

Once again, the Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec will be offering participants plenty of opportunities to take in a variety of board games and video games. It all unfolds at the Quartier des spectacles free outdoor game area. Aside from the outdoor programming, the fourth edition of this popular event will also be offering an indoor site specifically geared towards an adult crowd, with tournaments, shows, and a bar. 

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Outside Schedule

Every day on weekdays, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and weekends from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., visitors will be treated to a wide variety of family-friendly board games and video games. There’s even a section for toddlers.

Board games from around the world will entertain young and old, while facilitators will be on site making sure to explain everything and ensure you take advantage of everything to the best of your abilities.

A few examples of what you will find on site, include a giant Paintball section presented by Bigfoot, a Video-Games Zone with game consoles and arcades, the new Nintendo Switch, a giant Table Football, and finally the Creators Space Zone, where you can discover prototypes of boarding games and vote for your favorite.

You can come test your skills on giant games, meet game creators, discover brand new games, or simply sit back and have a drink while taking in the adrenaline and excitement of watching others compete. The OFF nights, in collaboration with Valet de cœur, will provide play-based pub nights, guaranteeing that the fun continues well into the evening.

Add to that, comedians and improv artists, a Harry Potter-themed evening, Quiz Night, and much more, will keep the options coming for everyone.

Coupe du Mondial Tournament

For the first time, a tournament with more than $3,000 in prize money at stake will be part of the event. On Sunday, July 23, at 10 a.m. teams of three players will compete in nine categories of games over the course of three rounds. Each team will send their best competitor for the game in each proposed round, according to their specific skills. Each win allows the team to accumulate points and the highest score wins.

The games in each round are as follows:

Round 1 / Mexica / Terraforming Mars / Blood Rage

Round 2 / Tikal / Galaxy trucker / Evolution

Round 3 / Inis / Scythe / Cyclade

Continue having fun well into retirement

“You don’t stop having fun because you grow old, you grow old because you stop having fun,” is an adage worth remembering. In the spirit of inclusiveness and aiming to offer something for everyone, Groupe Maurice is presenting “Le Mondial des Jeux Sénior” in collaboration with Bel Age. The varied lineup is specifically designed for retired folks and will be offering card games, dance evenings, yoga and humour sessions, shows, and much more.

The increased popularity of eSports

The past few years have seen an exploding and highly competitive video game scene here in North America and around the world. More and more people are becoming hooked on the fun, ingenuity, and creative problem-solving that many of these games represent and require. Many game developers now actively design toward a professional eSport subculture and highly competitive tournaments, such as The International, the League of Legends World Championship, the Evolution Championship Series and the Intel Extreme Masters, take place around the world.

The Montreal event, representative of the increased popularity of games world-wide, is one more opportunity to enjoy summer in the city, let your hair down and just have fun.

For a detailed schedule of this year’s edition of the Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec or to purchase tickets, log on to their website, email them at or call: (514) 845-3155.

Toula Drimonis

Toula Drimonis, blogger

Toula Drimonis is a Montreal-based freelance writer, editor, and long-time columnist. She appears frequently on TV and radio as an opinion pundit and her freelance work has been published in The New York Times, the National Post, Mic, Buzzfeed, Ms. Magazine, and other publications. She’s obsessed with Leonard Cohen, New Orleans, and Montreal bagels. In her free time, she can be found reading, people-watching, enjoying the city, and drinking wine while giving questionable life advice.

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