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Simteractive wins WiG Europe Mobile Awards

Simteractive have won two awards at the inaugural European Women in Games Mobile Awards at the ceremony in London last week. The Leadership Award recognises the talents and accomplishments of an individual, and was given to Simteractive CEO Elaine Reynolds. The studio then went on to get a special mention in[...]

Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeships 2017

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are currently seeking applicants for the third iteration of their hugely successful graduate Traineeship Programme for Animation and VFX. Start Date: Monday 16th October 2017 End Date: Friday 30th March 2018 Deadline for applications: Friday 8th September 2017. Interviews in September with Final Selection on Friday 6th October 2017. See information on the call and[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

FreemantleMedia & 9th Impact Sign Danger Mouse App Deal

FreemantleMedia Kids & Family has announced today that it has signed a deal with award-winning Irish studio 9th Impact to produce a Danger Mouse licensed app. The Danger Games app will be available globally on App Store and Google Play Store this summer. Taking the episode Quark Games as its inspiration,[...]

Inspirefest Family Fringe – GameCraft Unplugged

This year’s Inspirefest 2017 will again include a range of Family Fringe events. Hosted at Accenture’s The Dock building on 8 July, the free event is set to have some of Ireland’s most exciting workshops for kids, allowing them to create whatever they like, from board games to their own soft robots.[...]

Win Student tickets to Inspirefest 2017

Many of you will know that the Inspirefest conference is coming up in early July. The main conference runs from July 6th & 7th in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. We like their focus on diversity and inclusion which is in line with the ethos of gamedevelopers.ie[...]

Imirt Inspire – an evening of talks, June 28th (Dublin)

Wed June 28th 5pm – 7:30pm Neill Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin Imirt, the Irish Game Makers Association is proud to present an evening of talks about game design and culture on June 28th from 5pm to 7:30pm. The event is in collaboration with the MSc in Interactive[...]

Bookings open for 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (Cork)

The forthcoming 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2017) will be be hosted by in Cork this year on 22nd and 23rd June 2017, and bookings are now open. iGBL provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practice on the use of games and[...]

Inspirefest 2017 – AI, robotics & games meet Diversity

Last week saw the official launch of the Inspirefest 2017 Programme in Grand Canal Square, with an array of speakers announced from as far afield as Silicon Valley, New York, the UK, France, Australia and Africa. Gamedevelopers.ie popped along to see what was happening. Themes this year will vary from Blockchain,[...]

Imirt Inspire Interview 15: Anya Combs

The Imirt Inspire Interview series features inspirational members of the international game development community talking to Irish game creators. The next interview will be with Anya Combs. It will be streamed on Thursday June 8th, 3:00pm Irish time. ANYA COMBS Anya Combs is the Games Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, where she[...]

Call for Speakers – Galways Games Gathering

The Galway Games Gathering – An International Games Event on the Edge of Europe Sept 19th/20th, Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway, Ireland   The Galway Games Gathering is taking place this coming September and they are looking for speakers. The renowned John Romero and Eimear Noone are already on the[...]

Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs – info event

Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs Open Evening in the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) in Dublin on May 8th. Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3rd May and closes at 3pm on Wednesday 17th May. Equity funding of €50,000 is[...]

Develop:Brighton – call for Indie games for showcase

    Develop:Brighton’s annual search for the next big thing in indie games dev is officially underway as submissions open for the seventh Indie Showcase competition sponsored by Unity. The competition is totally free to enter and all 10 finalists will get the opportunity to show off their games to over 2,000[...]

Beta Testers Wanted – Cork studio

Hi, we’re Halesoft, based in Cork in the south of Ireland. We make games as well as provide a long list of other web based services.  We just came out of the woodwork lately, sprung up in Cork a few months ago.  We’re a bunch of lads from varies backgrounds, mainly[...]

ShipItCon 2017 – tickets available

  ShipitCon is a community event for engineers involved in the building and deployment of software. ShipItCon is being organised primarily by engineers and managers working within the games industry in Ireland including Demonware and Digit Game Studios. This is a non-profit event, organised by volunteers and any remaining funds[...]

BAFTA Special Award for Brenda Romero

We are delighted to hear that BAFTA has announced that it will honour Brenda Romero with its Special Award during next week’s (Thurs the 6th of April) ceremony in London. The accolade recognises not only her creative contribution to the games industry, but also her advocacy of the creative process[...]

Updated: State of Play 2017 – Talks & Expo, 5th April

State of Play is Ireland’s premier Independent Game Maker Event hosted by the School of Media in the Dublin Institute of Technology, in conjunction with IMIRT, the Irish Game Makers association. This year it will take place on Wed the 5th of April. From 18.30 there will be an exciting and[...]

Call for Chapters: Contemporary Media Art in Ireland

For those who like to write about games this might be of interest (gd.ie). “Submissions are invited for a collection of essays provisionally entitled, Contemporary Media Art in Ireland. This will be a volume of essays that provides a detailed account of born-digital art in an Irish context. For the[...]

Q-Con XXIV

Now in its 24th year, Q-Con takes place annually in Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union, and is a weekend long celebration of everything gaming and anime related, from eSports and Tabletop, to Cosplay and Movie Screens.  Major events already confirmed to make a welcome comeback in 2017 include The Irish[...]

SoP GameJam

DIT are running a gamejam for State of Play on the 1st of April. It will be located at the grangegorman DIT campus. Tickets cost 10 euro and give you free entry to state of play. Each game will be shown at SoP and the crowd will vote on their[...]

New MSc Game Design & Development in UL

Starting in the Autumn 2017 the University of Limerick is launching a new MSc Game Design & Development. Led by Brenda Romero as course director, the MSc in Game Design & Development is a two-year program (level 9) which takes place over four semesters. Students are encouraged to use the summer[...]

Games Fleadh 2017 update

LIT Tipperary, will host Games Fleadh on Wednesday March 8th 2017, the annual colleges and schools game development competition, and the theme for the 2017 event is Racing Game. Games Fleadh will also feature games development and research talks by industry veterans and researchers. The full list of speakers is now available[...]

The Games Co-Op. A new monthly meetup in Dublin

There is a new games meetup starting in the Liquor Rooms, Dublin, at 7pm on Tuesday, March 7th. (ID REQUIRED!!! Over 18s event, and the venue were quite specific about everyone bringing ID.) The Games Co-Op is a new, monthly, multi-discipline event that aims to bring people with different skills together[...]

CFP for the Irish Conf. on Game-Based Learning closing soon.

The call for participation to iGBL2017 will close on the 22nd of Feb.; so if you’d like to share your experience of using games for learning and motivation, you can still submit your abstract here. Note that the abstract does not have to be research-based; in fact, there are several categories[...]

Games Fleadh 2017 news

LIT Tipperary will host Games Fleadh on Wednesday March 8th 2017 and the theme for the 2017 event is Racing Game. Games Fleadh 2017 is only 3 weeks away – so it is time to register teams and prepare your game trailer. Register your teams at http://gamesfleadh.ie/registration/ Supporters are welcome. Please also register[...]

IMIRT 2016 Game Awards Results

IMIRT: The Irish Game Makers Association is pleased to announce the award winners for its inaugural game awards for games released in 2016. Game of the Year went to Guild of Dungeoneering: Ice Cream Headache Expansion by Dublin-based Gambrinous. Awards were also given for board games, game design, game narrative,[...]

Call for curators – Transformative Games

IN MEDIA RES Spring 2017 CALL FOR CURATORS “Transformative Games” And now for something a little different – but still might be of interest to readers here..(Eds) Call: Transformative games are designed to initiate a change in the players’ beliefs or behaviors, a concentrated version of their predecessors in serious[...]

ShipItCon Call for Speakers

  ShipItCon is scheduled for Friday 25th August 2017. ShipitCon is a community event for engineers involved in the building and deployment of software, especially games. See this blog for more details from one of the organisers in Demonware – http://tomwillfixit.com/blog/shipitCon/  There is an open call for speaker proposals which will[...]

Animation Skillnet Courses

Animation Skillnet provides subsidised training solutions to the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland. They run subsidised, high-end, bespoke training courses designed and delivered by industry specialists and organise and support professional networking events and conferences for these sectors in Ireland and internationally. Upcoming Feb/March evening courses in Dublin and[...]

Irish Conference on Game-Based learning (iGBL2017)

  The call for participation to the 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based learning (iGBL2017) is now open. iGBL2017 will be held on 22nd and 23rd June 2017 in Cork, and they welcome abstracts for game demos, presentations or workshops on the themes of games for learning, motivation and change. The Irish[...]

Creative Europe Funding for Video Games

The MEDIA Office of Creative Europe Desk Ireland and IMIRT (Irish Game Makers Association) will hold a seminar on European Funding for Video Games with speaker, Jari-Pekka Kaleva, COO of European Games Developer Federation and Senior Policy Analyst at Neogames, Finland this week.   There will also be a presentation[...]

The Little Acre Is Out Now

Pewter Games Studios and Curve Digital have this week released the much anticipated game ‘The Little Acre’. The Little Acre follows the story of Aidan and his daughter, Lily, set in 1950’s Ireland. After discovering clues as to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan begins investigating until he inadvertently finds[...]

9th Impact launch hand-made Christmas game

Mobile game developers 9th Impact, have today launched a unique Match 3 game for the holiday season. What makes Christmas Express Match 3 unique is not the gameplay itself, but that every single piece from the characters down to the exit buttons are hand-made from clay. The clay characters include[...]

Scéal, a Supernatural Irish game, now out on Steam

  Independent game developer Joint Custody have been in touch to say that their supernatural Irish mystery game Scéal (meaning ‘Story’) in Irish is now available on Steam. Rooted in Irish folklore, the game tells the tale of a young girl’s spirit that’s trapped on earth. She must unravel the truth[...]

Dreamfeel wins Grand Prix design award 2016

at the 18th Annual IDI Irish Design Awards. The Grand Prix was awarded to Llaura McGee from Dreamfeel (http://dreamfeel.org/), an emerging video game designer whose game, If Found Please Return, was highly praised by the judges for its interesting and immersive techniques. Dreamfeel won three awards and a commendation in the Irish[...]

Galway Game “Cellular” in Running for IDI Awards 2016

choose.idi-design.ie <- click here to vote Galway-based company Tribal City Interactive have had their game Cellular accepted as an entry into the 2016 IDI Irish Design Awards. The game has been available on the AppStore since January and offers players a chance to relax with a repetitive but rhythmic interaction style.[...]

9th Impact bring Frankenfarm puzzle game to life

9th Impact have released their latest mobile game, Frankenfarm, a bright, fun and original puzzle saga. The story is that Victor has been gene splicing animals on his uncle’s farm and has managed to create “dragons”, which appear to be an unholy mix of chickens, pigs and cows. Your job[...]

Imirt AGM 2016

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[...]

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise now in beta

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Animation Skillset Graduate Programme launch

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet will launch the next round of the VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship Programme with a one day symposium packed full of exciting talks on the latest technological advances in the area of VFX, animation, games and VR. It will take place in Dublin on Saturday[...]

IMIRT Elect New Board Members

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[...]

Upcoming Animation Skillnet short courses

Check out these upcoming Sept/Oct evening courses in Dublin and please spread the word. 1) An Introduction to 3D with Maya (5 Monday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/19-09-16-an-introduction-to-3d-with-maya-5-monday-evenings 2) An Introduction to Toonboom Harmony – with a focus on rigging (5 Tuesday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/20-09-16-introduction-to-toonboom-harmony-with-a-focus-on-rigging-5-tuesday-evenings 3) Production Management for Animation (5 Wednesday Evenings): http://animationskillnet.ie/21-09-16-production-management-for-animation-5-wednesday-evenings[...]

IMIRT board elections 2016

IMIRT, the association representing game makers (digital and analogue) in Ireland, is holding elections in September and is seeking nominations now. The deadline for nominations is Wed 31st Aug 2016. The 2016 Board elections for Imirt will happen in late September. There will be three seats available for nominees (next year[...]

Animation Skillnet Traineeship Programme 2016/17

  Animation Skillnet are delighted to team up again with Screen Training Ireland, the Irish Film Board and a host of top Irish Animation and VFX studios to run the second iteration of the highly successful graduate traineeship programme for the animation and vfx sectors in Ireland. The pilot programme[...]

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Beginner and Diversity friendly Game Workshops (Dublin)

The Network in Play partners (including Coding Grace, gamedevelopers.ie, Imirt, Pulse College, Dogpatch Labs and Maynooth University) are organising three FREE workshops in Dublin in August/Sept. aimed at beginners who are interested in learning about designing, writing and coding for games. These workshops follow up on our surveys which we[...]

Game Dev Workshops with Howling Hamster (Galway)

This series of workshops is aimed at anyone with an interest in game development who has no experience making games. Howling Hamster, a game development team based in Galway, will be delivering some skills and tips to get you on your way to being a game dev. We’ll be using[...]