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Studio POWWOW & Puppy Cuts

Studio POWWOW has informed us that they have just released Puppy Cuts – My Dog Grooming Pet Salon. They developed  the game for The Kindly Ones Ltd. from concept right through to full release and it is published by Dublin based, StoryToys. It is out now via the App Store (see below).

‘Go from scruffy to fluffy with StoryToys new Dog Grooming App, a delightful doggy makeover app for tablets and mobile phones. Get tails wagging as you groom, style, color and dress up your precious pooch.’

 

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About Studio POWWOW

Studio POWWOW was founded on the principle that young audiences’ viewing habits and behaviours have changed as the internet, mobile and tablet devices become an ever increasing part of the way people consume entertainment. POWWOW creates entertainment brands with engaging stories and characters on multiple media platforms by bringing their experience of award-winning TV-quality animation, design and storytelling to interactive content and games.

They specialise in all aspects of animation production and game development for TV, Film and Games.

See here.

 

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Animation & VFX Traineeships – Call for Applications

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Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are seeking applicants for a pilot one-year Traineeship Programme for Animation and VFX.

The Traineeship programme aims to partner 10 trainees with 10 animation/VFX studios for one full year. Over the course of the programme, the trainee will work in-house in the studio where they will receive on the job training. In addition to on-the-job training, the trainee will receive additional tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.

The curriculum for the year of training is developed in close consultation with industry, and will combine training in core skills for animation/VFX with specialist and studio-specific knowledge and skills.

The traineeship will be divided into two main fields, both of which will be further divided into two training pathways:

1. Animation

Training Pathway 1: 2D
Training Pathway 2: 3D

2. VFX

Training Pathway 1: Compositing
Training Pathway 2: CG

The programme may also offer a parallel Technical Direction for VFX and Animation pathway, subject to demand.

All pathways will intersect where there are commonalities in terms of training needs, and all trainees across all four tracks will participate in core modules.

The Traineeship programme will commence in March 2015.

A training allowance/bursary will be made available to selected participants.

Participating studios for the pilot programme include:

Brown Bag Films

Cartoon Saloon

Giant Animation

JAM Media

Kalaveer

Piranha Bar

Screen Scene VFX

Telegael

Windmill Lane VFX

Applicants should apply via email with a CV and showreel and/or portfolio to Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet at traineeship@screentrainingireland.ie with “Animation/VFX Traineeship” in the subject header.

Applicants should identify the skills area/training pathway they are interested in pursuing, e.g. VFX: Compositing, 2D Animation, etc. Applicants will be evaluated and shortlisted for interview by a panel of industry experts, in consultation with Screen Training Ireland/IFB/Animation Skillnet.

Only those who are shortlisted will be called for interview.

Deadline for applications is Friday 20th February 2015.

For further information, please contact Sorcha Loughnane at Screen Training Ireland; or Gareth Lee at Animation Skillnet.

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IGDA Scholarships for E3

The IGDA Scholarship Program is a 14 year old program that kick-starts careers of the best and brightest students entering the games industry. This program awards scholarships to select individuals who apply. Scholarship winners who attend E3 will receive:

 

1. E3 Pass: A Conference Pass to E3.

2. Mentorship: A veteran, industry mentor assigned to the scholarship recipient based on the field of his or her study. This mentor meets with them during the conference, helps them network, and maintains a relationship with the student throughout his or her career.

3. Studio tours: In 2014 students toured DoubleFine, 3 Rings, DICE LA, Insomniac Games, and Gree as part of their IGDA Scholarships. Our program works hard to ensure students receive studio tours at each conference experience.

4. Booth Tours: This is usually specific to E3 and Gamescom. As part of this students get to play games and meet with developers one on one. During E3 2014, students met one on one with designers from Ubisoft, attended a Destiny after hours event, met with Disney, and sat down with Oculus after conference hours.

5. Q&A Sessions: We invite students to speak to veterans in private sessions. A few of the ones from the 2014 conference experiences included Brian Fargo (Fallout, Wasteland, Wasteland 2), Don Daglow (Intellivision, Utopia, Neverwinter Nights), John Romero (Doom,Ravenwood Fair, Red Faction), and Jenova Chen (ThatGameCompany, Journey,Flow, Flower).

 

 

Applications for E3 2015 are due the 24th of March!

Visit: http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply/ to apply.

For general information visit scholars.igda.org! And follow us on Twitter @IGDA_scholars for updates.

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#IrishGameDev interview with Colm Larkin

In 2013 Geoff Newman (aka krudd) of EndLife Studios produced a number of podcasts interviewing people in #Irishgamedev. We also posted before Christmas that he was working on a film on gamejams.

This week he released an interview with Colm Larkin, founder of Gambrinous and creator of Guild of Dungeoneering – which you might have seen on our picture carousel on the homepage! Colm should be over in Amsterdam at Casual Connect this week as one of two Irish indie games that have been selected as finalists for the Indie Prize.

This interview was conducted in Dec. 2014 – so before he knew about the nomination.

Thanks to Geoff for sharing it.

#IrishGameDev interview with Colm Larkin from Geoff Newman on Vimeo.

 

See also one game a month Dublin meetup.

 

 

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Multiple positions, Larian Studios, (Dublin)

We’re an independent RPG developer founded in 1996 in Gent, Belgium. Our latest game, Divinity: Original Sin, won over 150 awards and nominations, and now we’re cooking up several follow-up projects.

We’re looking to expand both our development and publishing teams. We have development positions in Quebec City, Canada & Gent, Belgium. We further have a publishing team based in Dublin, Ireland which also has some content/development positions.

Who are we looking for?

Talented, passionate RPG enthusiasts who prefer action and dynamism over bureaucracy and routine. We embrace people who see things differently, can teach us something new, and are ready to break the rules (in a healthy and productive manner!). We tend to stick with highly self-motivated people who require little supervision and are not afraid to experiment. Fresh ideas are our signature, and we’re looking for folks with a few of their own.

 


 

RPG Writer

Responsibilities:

– Work with game designers to create interesting, engrossing game worlds encompassing innovative plot and character arcs
– Generate outlines, lore bibles, character descriptions, casting documents, and other support materials
– Design and implement creative and memorable characters with audience appeal
– Design dialogues, considering information flow and audience engagement
– Write grammatically correct, memorable dialogues and copy
– Iterate upon own and others’ scripts, revising for content, clarity, tone, and voice
– Assist as needed with marketing and other company communications that require the written word

Essential Skills:

– Passion and ability to create compelling fiction
– Knowledge of a range of forms, including dramatic, narrative, poetic, and others
– Understanding of how narrative events in a nonlinear environment can enhance player engagement
– Ability to write sharp dialogue with lots of personality from a variety of perspectives and voices
– Ability to blend personal voice and style with existing fictional worlds
– Ability to respond to story notes and other editorial feedback in a prompt, effective manner
– Eagerness to portray a multiplicity of voices that toy with and challenge clichés
– Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

– Five years of disciplined writing, either professionally or as a growing writer with a large and dynamic body of work
– College degree in writing or related field (or equivalent professional experience)
– Knowledge of games and interactivity from storytelling, character development, and user engagement perspectives. You must not only play video games, but understand them as a dramatic form.
– Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
– Fantasy writing and sci-fi writing experience is a plus

Writing Samples: jobs_ireland@larian.com

Please submit a motivational letter, CV and at least two polished samples demonstrating mastery of narrative structure, character development, and dialogue.

Samples should be full-length, not excerpts (Shorter forms like television or comic scripts are acceptable, but the samples should showcase an entire story from beginning to end).

If you do not have professional experience, please submit at least four samples.


 

Web and Graphics Designer

Responsibilities:

– Work with the marketing team to redesign Larian websites
– Support and maintain Larian websites, including Larian.com, DivinityOriginalSin.com, DragonCommander.com and future projects.
– Publish news items, images, features, and more
– Manage newsletter concept/design/execution and distribution to our rapidly-growing audience
– Maintain an up-to-date press kit
– Create a variety of marketing assets and layouts, including, but not limited to screenshots, packaging design, book layouts, promotion pictures, trade-show booth design, and so forth
– Assist as needed with marketing and other company communications that require the written word.

Essential Skills:

– Excellent Adobe Photoshop skills
– Fluency with core graphic design principles (type, color, layout, composition, motion graphics) and the confidence to bend design rules when necessary
– Proficient with web standards and technologies, including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript and web browser optimization; including how they are being used in current design trends and techniques
– Knowledge of WordPress and other Content Management Systems (CMS)
– Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner.
– Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
– Excellent communication skills
– Deadline oriented.

Essential Experience:

– 4+ years of either freelance or full-time work with a wide array of design and technical skills in graphic and Web design
– Any combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
– Knowledge of games industry
– Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
– Fantasy art and UI design experience is a plus

Portfolio: jobs_ireland@larian.com

Please submit a motivation letter, CV and at least ten polished samples demonstrating mastery of result-oriented graphic design and web design.

 


 

Marketing and Social Media Manager

Responsibilities:

– Push Larian brands through various channels including, but not limited to Larian websites, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, Kickstarter, Steam Community, and more
– Conduct and execute various promotions, advertising placements, and events
– Work with our external partners to ensure that Larian brands are well-presented throughout their platforms
– Create engaging, interesting content for our social networks
– Generate and execute ideas that will support brand awareness, community growth, and content creation around Larian games
– Track the media coverage of Larian games on a weekly basis – including non-English press
– Stay up-to-date with the games industry and what is going on in a social media field
– Develop and edit written materials including plans, press releases, media alerts, fact sheets, and FAQs;

Essential Skills:

– Excellent communication skills with a good sense of humor (our games are fun and you should be too)
– Excellent native English (journalism or other writing background is a plus)
– Understanding of all major social media platforms
– Superb presentation skills
– Very high attention to detail
– Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner
– Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
– Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

– 4+ years of relevant experience (PR, journalism, or other)
– Any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
– Knowledge of games industry
– Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
– Experience with social media and online forums
– You have a whole bunch of people who have worked with you, who would highly recommend you, and who will tell us they loved working with you (and be happy to provide us with that information upon request)

Apply: jobs_ireland@larian.com

Submit a CV with a motivational letter about yourself, your work and gaming experience and why you want to work at Larian to jobs_ireland@larian.com. Please provide examples of your past work.

 


 

Support and Community Manager

Responsibilities:

– Engage with the player community through various channels (support mail, social media, forums, Steam, and more)
– Provide support for players on a regular basis through support mail and forums
– Work with developers to gather bugs and feature requests, collecting them on daily basis
– Encourage the modding community with advice and motivating them with content-creation contests
– Push Larian brand throughout different communities, working in partnership with other companies/platforms
– Generate and execute ideas that will support community growth and content creation around Larian games

Essential Skills:

– Experienced with Divinity: Original Sin (Steam profile with 80+ hours played); past Larian games experience is a plus
– Excellent communication skills with good sense of humor (our games are fun and you should be too)
– Excellent English (journalism or other writing background is a plus). Knowledge of other languages is a plus.
– You are a problem-solver who looks beyond usual solutions, checks all sources, uncovers hidden problems, and fixes them
– Understanding of all major social media platforms; willing to learn constantly about new SMM opportunities
– Ability to respond to notes and other feedback in a prompt, effective manner
– Self-motivated with the ability to work with little or no oversight or supervision
– Deadline-oriented

Essential Experience:

– 4+ years of either freelance or full-time relevant work experience
– Any combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
– Knowledge of games industry
– Knowledge of RPGs, modern and old, is a must
– Experience with social media and online forums
– You have a whole bunch of people who have worked with you, who would highly recommend you, and who will tell us they loved working with you (and be happy to provide us with that information upon request).

Apply: jobs_ireland@larian.com

Submit a CV with a motivational letter about yourself, your work and gaming experience and why you want to work at Larian to jobs_ireland@larian.com. Please provide examples of your past work.