Meet our new CTO – Ivan Fernandez

 

 

 

As Square Enix Montréal looks forward to a period of growth with 2 new games in production – Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and a new vision for Space Invaders on mobile – we are thrilled to introduce our new CTO, Ivan Fernandez!

Ivan has been with us for a little over 3 years and we could not be happier that he has accepted to take on this challenge.

Tech is crucial to our Studio and Ivan will play a key role is steering our tech in an exciting and more efficient direction.

Ivan has over 17 years of experience building services, connected application, and games in his native Ecuador and for Blue Lizard Games and Bethesda Game Studios in Montreal before joining Square Enix Montréal in 2018.

His ability to communicate his vision, his profound technical expertise, and his leadership skills checked all the boxes for the role. We are hyped to have him on board as CTO but ever more to have found the ideal candidate within our team!

In his new role, Ivan will bring best technology practices and standards across Square Enix’s western mobile division to support game delivery and operations.

 

Congratulations Ivan!

Thank you! I am honoured to take on this role and these responsibilities for Square Enix Montréal and to have the opportunity to bring our technology vision to the next level!

What inspired you to work in the video game industry in the first place?

As a child, I was very interested in computers. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to understand how games are made, how graphics are drawn on a screen, and how games react to players.

Over the years, my curiosity has grown along with the complexity and scopes of video games.

What will be your first priority as CTO?

My priority will be to listen, learn, and gather as much information as I can to understand how I can help the company reach its goals.

I will also focus on breaking silos between tech and the game teams and on improving collaboration and efficiency.

What challenge are you most excited to take on as CTO?

I'm always excited about having the opportunity to learn and tackle a variety of new problems. I'm looking forward seeing how I can use my experience and knowledge to help Square Enix across the board.

As CTO, what will you look for in new team members?

I think that what’s most important is finding people who share our culture and vision. We want to be surrounded by colleagues who believe in our way of working and share our goals so that we can all work together - and in the same direction - to achieve them.

What do you like most about working at Square Enix Montréal?

The best part about working at Square Enix Montréal is working with a group of very talented people across many areas of expertise. Also, seeing how the company cares for its employees and their wellbeing.

What do you like most about living in Montreal?

The diversity that the city offers and the opportunities to discover new places and experiences; from food to sports.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I always like to try new things and different activities, for example, I recently started rock climbing. I also enjoy skiing, attending concerts (when it's possible!), going to movies, and biking during the summer.

What are your favourite video games?

My favorite one - and the one I still play when I have time - is Starcraft, and Starcraft 2.

Top 3 favourite movies ever?

This is a hard one! If I have to choose, I would say Amores Perros, Requiem for a Dream, and The Crow.

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