Players to Watch: Thomas Texier
- Age: 33
- Height: 1,80m
- Nationality: France
- Hometown: Paris
- Company: Ubisoft
- Profession: Gameplay Programmer
- Team: Ubisoft Titans FC
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Number: 1
- Captain: No
- Titles: 1 - Division 4 in 2012
- Favorite club: Olyimpique de Marseilles
Wendler: How does playing for Ubisoft Titans FC feels like?
Texier: It’s pretty cool. If you come watch one of our matches, you will see that everyone is really committed to compete in the Canadian Corporate Soccer League. We always try to push each other to give our best on the pitch. I would say that we have one of the loudest benches in the entire COED Division 2 for instance.
Wendler: Are all of your teammates also colleagues of yours?
Texier: Most of them currently work with me. Some players are former employees though. Playing soccer together allows us to stay in contact over time, even if we do not see each other during our breaks at the company.
Wendler: Since you are the goalkeeper of Ubisoft Titans FC, would you consider yourself as one of the key players?
Texier: No, we need everyone in order to be successful. I am simply trying to set up our defense and guide them during the game.
Wendler: What are the team objectives this season?
Texier: We always want to give our best. Last year we went all the way to the grand finale. Of course, we would like to get there once again this summer. It was a great experience.
Wendler: And personally?
Texier (lauging): Not losing too many games.
Wendler: Is it hard to keep up with the other teams in the COED Division 2?
Texier: Absolutely! I would say that the COED Divisions are the most unpredictable divisions in the Canadian Corporate Soccer League. There are a bunch of teams with amazing players in their roster, which makes even harder for us to come up with a good strategy.
Wendler: What makes playing soccer in the COED Division 2 special to you?
Texier: Since we are also competing in the indoor league during the winter period, we basically have one match per week throughout the entire year! That is why I consider competing in the league as an occasion to improve the atmosphere within the team. Ubisoft is a big company and we normally do not have the opportunity to get to know every single employee. After I started to play for our team, I had the chance to meet a couple of guys from other departments. Eventually, we were assigned to the same project later on and directly had an excellent connection with each other.
Wendler: Soccer and Gameplay Programmer – how does that fit together in your opinion?
Texier: Well, you spend your time with people who have the same passion as you. When you are creating video games you have to work in teams on different projects. The chemistry between people has to be consistent in order to complete your goals before the deadline.
Wendler: Thomas, thank you for this interview