Two companies win Creative Europe MEDIA funding

 

Congratulations to Tribal City Interactive and Pewter Games Studios on their Creative Europe MEDIA Video Games 2017 funding awards!

Tribal City Interactive received €115,000 to help develop their project, Tir Anann. Pewter Games Studios were awarded €150,000 for their game, Athanasia. 

In total 32 European Video Games were selected for a total amount of €3,729,550.

Since 2013, three Irish game companies have received €435,000 in funding awards – Tribal City Interactive (2 awards); Story Toys; and Pewter Games Studios.

The next call for the Video Games Development scheme will be announced in the Autumn with a deadline expected in February or March 2018.

For more see http://www.creativeeuropeireland.eu/media/funding/production/development-of-video-games

Congrats!

2017 Imirt Board elections – call for nominees

The 2017 board elections for Imirt, the Irish Game Maker’s Association, will happen in September.

There will be four seats available for nominees to fill (it was three last year). Being on the board of Imirt means you steer the agenda and implement the goals of the organisation.

To become a nominee you simply need to be a member of Imirt and e-mail contact@imirt.ie expressing an interest (i.e. you self nominate).

We will then ask for your bio, goals, and optional photo to put on the Imirt website in the run up to the elections.

If you have any other questions or suggestions see http://www.imirt.ie/news/2017/7/31/2017-board-elections-call-for-nominees

Eden Isle now available in the Apple App Store

New sim game lets you create your own holiday paradise – a little piece of Eden in your pocket!

Available worldwide from today, Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is a quirky game for iPhone and iPad that lets players build and manage a holiday resort. Work towards making a five-star vacation spot, while catering to guests ranging from out-of-touch indie rock stars, to wacky inventors, to reality show producers, each with their own backstory. Developed by Dublin-based game studio Simteractive, it’s the first game of its kind developed in Ireland.

Eden Isle offers a new take on the management sim genre. Players can enjoy compelling resource management gameplay but also get to know their guests. This is done by offering the player more than 200 bite-sized stories presented by the guests of the resort, requiring action by the player to improve the resort and to help the guests have a good time. Unusual wedding proposals, time travel attempts, philosophical pondering, expressing an unnatural love of gnomes and getting ahead of the B.P.G. (Butterfly Protection Group) are just some of the antics your guests will get up to on Eden Isle.

The player starts with a small patch of land on a tropical island and builds some Eco-Friendly Tents and a Huggable Tree. This attracts Treehuggers, the first guest type, to the resort. As the player progresses they can attract more guest types – Glampers, Hipsters, Fashionistas, Selfie-Lovers and Backpackers. Each guest type has their own requirements, preferences and personality, showcased by vivid character animations. Glampers (fans of glamorous camping) will visit once you have an Outdoor Experience Centre, an activity that lets them experience the joys of the outdoors from the comfort of being indoors. Hipsters want a Beard Artistry Centre and an Un-Hotel (regular hotels are just too mainstream).

One of the features that makes Eden Isle stand out from other games in the genre is the ability to track every single guest in the resort and to monitor their individual needs and happiness levels. Guests have five different needs – hunger, thirst, rest, shopping and fun, which are fulfilled by the different types of building in the game. Although the intuitive controls and elegant path editing system allow anyone to easily pick up and play the game, players who want more depth can tweak business prices and quality levels and create an optimal resort layout to maximise profits and guest happiness.

The game has a beautiful and unique art style. On developing the art style, lead artist Cloud Bai said “I started to draw and paint the structures and lovely details by hand, brush by brush, softly and smoothly. I hope people who play will love the game and enjoy the sunshine and relaxation, without the worries of everyday life”.

Creative director Elaine Reynolds said “I grew up playing games like SimCity, Theme Park and Theme Hospital and I was lucky to work alongside the creators of some of my favourite games when I worked at Lionhead. As a lifelong sim game fanatic, creating a sim game has long been a dream of mine so I’m delighted to release Eden Isle worldwide.“

 

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise
Eden Isle: Resort Paradise

ShipItCon 2017 & Diversity

ShipItCon 2017 takes place on August the 25th in the Mansion House in Dublin.

ShipItCon is a conference about shipping software safely, and delivering value through rapid feedback cycles. We’ve got speakers from different size companies talking about how they ship their products, and about how they provide customers value through delivering often.

Talks range from technical deep dives to shipping philosophy to QA practices, all with the focus on creating higher value through frequent small deliveries.

This is a non-profit event, organised by volunteers and any remaining funds will be donated to a local charity.

For details of our Keynotes, speakers and other news check us out on Twitter @shipitcon or at http://shipitcon.com/

In addition, the goal is to create a safe, diverse and inclusive environment for all. As well as their Code of Conduct http://shipitcon.com/code-of-conduct/  they are offering a “Diversity and Inclusion” discount. Contact the organisers if you would like to hear more and if you think you might qualify.

If you are from an under-represented group in the tech industry but would love to learn more about shipping code then please join us and help #ChangeTheRatio

ShipItCon’s Platinum sponsors are Demonware, DIGIT Game Studios, Workday and Dynatrace. The full list of sponsors for the event can be found at http://shipitcon.com/sponsors/

See their event page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shipitcon-2017-tickets-33376944339?aff=eac2