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Quebecer close to Charlie Chaplin kids wins video game rights

The Quebecer who has been friends with Charlie Chaplin’s children for the past 15 years in Switzerland has just been given exclusive rights to make video games around the world, Le Journal has learned.

“We’re not part of a family, but we’re not far off either,” Yves Durand, a museum worker and co-founder of Quebec-based B Df’rent Games, a creative team formed here just a few months ago, told the magazine.

“No one on the planet can make a video game for any platform without having to be part of this collective,” he says.

Images, films, music, archives of the legendary actor, screenwriter and director Charlie Chaplin will inspire the games of the Montreal studio.

“He was the very first influencer of his kind,” Yves Durand sums up.

Chaplin Friends

To do this, the man was able to build a strong relationship with the heirs of the legendary film director.

In 2016, he founded the Chaplin World Museum in Corsier-sur-Vevey, where Charlie Chaplin lived, allowing him to interact with his children.

Geraldine (movie), Victoria (circus), Michael (literature), Christopher (music)… True friendships were born from their meeting.

Without giving financial details, Yves Durand estimates his game project at several million dollars, which he wants to make “humanistic” like Charlie Chaplin.

Refugees (“The Immigrant”), abandoned children (“The Kid”), workers (“New Time”), dictatorship (“The Great Dictator”)… There are themes in the director’s work that remain relevant even half a century after his death.

“Charlot will be the hero of our games. He will be the representative of all the wanderers of the world. Our games will feature stories where the little ones face the giants”, image Yves Durand.

Pascale Nataf, Kim Berthiaum, Christopher Chancy, Robert Young and Yves Durand.

Photo Journal de Montreal, Chantal Poirier

Pascale Nataf, Kim Berthiaum, Christopher Chancy, Robert Young and Yves Durand.

Collective project

In the Journal, he insists that the project is a collective one.

It is being developed by Christopher Chancy, CEO of ManaVoid Entertainment and co-founder of Indie Asylum, Pascal Nataf, CEO of Affordance Studio, co-founder of Indie Asylum, and Robert Young, co-founder of B Df’rent Games.

And, above all, it is out of the question to fall into the trap of violent video games with sexist references that we still see a lot in the world.

“We will try to get in a person what is most beautiful in him, and not the most vile. There will be no emphasis on violence, racism and sexism in our games, ”continues Chaplin’s friend.

The games being created will be fun, says B co-founder Df’rent Games.

“There was a philosophical meeting between the members of the team. I’m not afraid to say it,” he concludes.

➤ B Df’rent Games is calling on industry professionals, studios and other companies to join in the future.

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