Imirt AGM 2016

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The Imirt AGM 2016 will take place at 6 pm on Friday the 4th of November at Start Lab in Galway. Find out about Imirt and their plans for the coming year, meet the recently elected board, and have your say about how Imirt can help represent game creators in Ireland.

Let them know on the Facebook event page if you’re planning to go along.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend and they will also live stream the event on the Imirt twitch channel.

The Imirt AGM is on after the “Creative Stories – From Practitioners in Games and Animation” session in GMIT from 2-5pm and there will be a Galway Game Dev meetup later on nearby.

If you have any questions you would like us to address at the AGM please email: contact@imirt.ie

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise now in beta

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Simteractive’s first game, Eden Isle is now in Beta! Sign up as a beta tester, or apply for work experience.

Beta Testing

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is now in beta! If you are interested in giving feedback on the game and helping to find bugs or if you just want to give it a go before it’s released, drop an email to hello@simteractive.com or sign up at www.EdenIsleGame.com. Eden Isle is iOS only at the moment but if you’re on Android you can still sign up and you’ll get an email when the Android build is ready. The feedback from the Irish game dev community Simteractive have received so far has been invaluable and they really appreciate all the input into the game.

Work Experience/Internship

If you’re interested in work experience or an internship in QA, you can find the application form and all the details at www.Simteractive.com/Jobs.

About Eden Isle

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is a sim/building game that lets players create their dream holiday resort. It’s a casual, free-to-play game for smartphones and tablets. Keep up to date with the game through Facebook www.Facebook.com/EdenIsleGame or Twitter @eden_isle.

Game Features

*Build a holiday resort that reflects your ideals and personal style
*Attract guest types such as treehuggers, hipsters, glampers, fashionistas and selfie-lovers by building the facilities they want in your resort
*Keep your guests happy by tending to their needs and responding to any special requests
*Manage your bars, restaurants and shops well to earn as much money as possible
*Decorate your resort to earn bonuses from nearby accommodation and activities
*Keep your resort running smoothly by ensuring your activities are in good working order, your staff are well-trained, your resort is clean and your warehouse is well stocked
*Visit resorts that your friends have built and compare your resort building skills
*As your resort improves, your resort score and star rating improves – can you build the ultimate five-star resort?

 

Here’s a brief trailer: 

About Simteractive

Simteractive is a Dublin-based game development studio. There is currently a team of six working on ‘Eden Isle: Resort Paradise’, which is the studio’s first title.

For more information on Simteractive check out the website www.Simteractive.com or follow @Simteractive on Twitter.

Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation

The second annual International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events (ICGJ 2017) has decided to extend the final deadline for the Call for Papers. This conference builds on an expanding number of conferences, workshops series and research evaluating, enhancing, and improving game creation events.  The conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

The conferences takes place on the 26th of Feb in GitHub in San Francisco, USA – before GDC.

Game jams and hackathons have become popular activities with their own unique culture and communities. Often held in a confined space for a limited duration of time, these activities offer enormous technological and social benefits for their participants. Studies can be conducted around the technical creation aspect of the activity, as well as its social and educational dynamics. The research area now has a diverse and dedicated following of scholars.

 

Paper submission

Submissions Dec. 1, 2016

Decisions Jan. 6, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Jan. 20, 2017

 

Late breaking (extended abstracts)

Abstract Submissions Dec. 1, 2016

Review Jan. 6, 2017

Final Draft Jan. 30, 2017

Decisions Feb. 7, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Feb. 15, 2017

 

Game Showcase:

Submissions Jan. 30, 2017

Decisions Feb. 7, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Feb. 15, 2017

Please note that accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library.

See http://icgj17.gameconf.org/

Experienced 3d Artist / Model Maker at Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education are seeking an experienced 3d Model Artist / Model Maker for an immediate start in their Waterford office. Full specs below.

We are looking for a seriously motivated, and experienced game developer who can create innovative game-play solutions and compile our studio assets into compelling VR experiences. We want to find programmers with a passion for game development and an extensive knowledge of Unity3D and Unreal game engines.

About Us

We are an award winning studio based in the south east of Ireland with a focus on educational & edutainment based content. Our previous titles include the hugely popular ER VR on the GearVR and the multi award winning Apollo 11 VR Experience released on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. We are also working on a multiplayereducational platform and another VR education title Titanic VR which will be released next year.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge VR production. 3D Model makers/ artists work creating high detail models both hard surface and organic. Working closely with texture artists and the art supervisor to create photo realistic models.
Must have at least 3+ years professional experience.

Primarily responsibilities
– Collaborating with project director to create props and other assets.
– understanding of the games/real-time production pipeline
– the ability to work closely with texture artists, but also when necessary alone.
– create high detail 3D assets, and process into polished game ready assets.
– commitment to continuous learning and developing latest techniques.

 

Essential Skills
– Extensive experience modelling in 3DS Max, equivalent package.
– Experience in a 3D sculpting package.

 

Desirable skills
– Familiarity with texture painting package and work-flow.
– Unity or equivalent game engine experience.

 

Salary: DOE


Start Date: 
Immediate

 

Location: Ireland / Waterford Office

 

Email your CV and portfolio to sandra@immersivevreducation.com

Texture Artist at Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education are looking for a Texture Artist for an immediate start in their Waterford office. Full specs below.

About Us

We are an award winning studio based in the south east of Ireland with a focus on educational & edutainment based content. Our previous titles include the hugely popular ER VR on the GearVR and the multi award winning Apollo 11 VR Experience released on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. We are also working on a multiplayereducational platform and another VR education title Titanic VR which will be released next year.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge VR production. Texture artists work closely with modelers and the project director to create the look and design of photo realistic props and assets.

Must have at least 3+ years professional experience.

Primarily responsibilities
– Collaborating with project director to create textures and other maps/ materials for real-time assets.
– thorough understanding of the games/real-time production pipeline
– the ability to work closely with modellers and other artists
– create materials and maps from high detail 3D models and process into polished game ready assets.
– commitment to continuous learning and developing latest techniques.

Essential Skills
– Experience with 3D painting packages
– Skill Creating photo realistic texture maps
– Experience creating assets for real-time applications

Desirable skills
– Unity or equivalent game engine experience.

Location: Ireland (Relocation package available for right candidate.)

Email your CV and portfolio to sandra@immersivevreducation.com

Awards & Unity nominations for Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education has been in touch about their latest news.

Immersive VR Education have recently won another international award for their educational experience, Apollo 11 VR. Apollo 11 VR gives users the ability to witness the moon landing first-hand, from the view point of Neil Armstrong.

The Waterford-based company have taken out Best Educational Experience at the Proto Awards held in Hollywood, after being nominated for five awards.

David Whelan - Proto Awards
David Whelan – Proto Awards

 

You can see their acceptance speech below.

 

Secondly, they have been nominated for the Unity Awards but need your help to try secure a win. The company has been nominated for 3 Unity Awards, with the winners to be announced at Unity 2016 Los Angeles on 1st November.

Apollo 11 VR has been named a finalist for Best Non-Game Project, Best VR Experience, and The Golden Cube award. These awards are granted by the gaming community, with Unity account holders able to cast their votes.

 

 

As their recognition is growing so is their workforce, with the team expanding from 4 to 12 employees within a year. And they are still expanding, with positions advertised on gamedevelopers.ie and their website – http://immersivevreducation.com/were-hiring/

IMIRT Elect New Board Members

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IMIRT, the association representing game makers (digital and analogue) in Ireland, has returned the results of their September elections.

The three available seats have been filled by Jen Carey, Alan Duggan and Stephen Kelly (returning).

With the departure of Owen Harris and John Halloran, the full Board now reads:

Jen Carey; Alan Duggan; Chris Gregan; John O’Kane; Stephen Kelly; Colm Larkin; Brenda Romero.

If you are a part of the Irish Game Making Community and are not yet a member of IMIRT, join here: http://www.imirt.ie/join/ (€20 annual membership)