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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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AlterConf comes to Dublin August 6th

On Saturday, August 6th, Alterconf is coming to Dublin. As detailed on the conference’s site, AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community[...]

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Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning

The 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2016) will be be hosted by Trinity College Dublin on 1st and 2nd September 2016, 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 game-based approaches[...]

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GamerCon Dublin – Speakers wanted !

GamerCon Dublin takes place at the Conference Centre Dublin on March 18th and 19th 2017. See www.gamer-con.com for details. They expect 8000+ gamers over 2 days. They are currently looking for speakers from the games development world to speak as part of their ‘experts’ series.  The talk will take place in the 2000 seat[...]

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GamerCon Announced for Convention Centre Dublin, March 2017

GamerCon, a convention focused entirely on the Consumer Gaming sector was announced today. The event, which expects to host over 8000 gamers across 2 days, will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on March 18th and 19th 2017.   ‘We are delighted to be able to announce such an[...]

GameCraft Unplugged at InspireFest 2016

Gamecraft came to InspireFest Fringe 2016 with another fantastic Unplugged session. Gamecraft Unplugged is an games jam style event where attendees design and create table top games, using arts and crafts,  paper and pens, crayons and cardboard, and basically anything that doesn’t need an electrical current! It was a great[...]

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StoryToys Release Batman App

StoryToys’ new app Batman Unlimited – Gotham City’s Most Wanted is available on the App Store. The game is an original storybook adventure app for young superhero fans. Children test their detective skills as they help their favourite DC Super Heroes solve a bizarre crime wave hitting Gotham City. To[...]

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Pulse College announces new Summer courses

Pulse College has announced some short courses over the summer in their Dublin base. The ‘One Game a Day’ course with the extremely experienced Joe Roe will cover creating games from the following genres over the course of a week: -First person shooter -Point and click adventure -Real time strategy -Infinite runner[...]

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Music Technology Workshop 2016 (Dublin)

MusTWork16 – Music Technology Workshop 2016: Establishing a Partnership Between Music Technology, Business Analytics and Industry in Ireland Readers on gd.ie might be interested in the following one-day event which will be held on Friday June 10th 2016 in the Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. The[...]

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Zebbie Best Game Script Award for Guild of Dungeoneering

The Writers Guild of Ireland’s ZeBBie Awards took place on Wednesday night in the Sugar Club, with three great game scripts vying for the Best Game Script Award. The nominees were: – Oli Garland, Steve Gregan, Colm Larkin and Fred Mangan for Guild of Dungeoneering – Dave McCabe for The Darkside Detective[...]

Insomnia Gaming Event (Killarney) Update

We have received further information on the Insomnia event taking place in June, in the INEC in Killarney. The event which takes place from the 10-13 of June is a festival of game related activities including live stage shows, eSports tournaments, and panel talks. There is also a Minecraft Zone, Retro Zone, Retail[...]

UPDATE: Galway Game Jam 6

Make a game in 12 hours! Join a team or work solo. Meet game developers. Learn stuff. Make games. Have fun! Also, there will be tea/coffee/water and food during the day. When: 9am to 9pm Saturday 18th June. Where: Pulse College, 1st Floor, Geata na Cathracha, Fairgreen Road, Galway City Tickets via Eventbrite: €6.08 (or[...]

Visual Storytelling course with Bruce Block

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are welcoming back Bruce Block to deliver his Visual Storytelling course to those working in animation, VFX and games. This seminar relates all of the visual concepts to practical digital production and bridges the gap between theory and practice and  is aimed at all VFX,[...]

Main speakers announced for State of Play

State of Play, Ireland’s premier Independent Game Developer Event, has announced its main speakers for this year’s event: William Pugh The hugely charismatic, BAFTA-nominated, William Pugh, co-creator of the Stanley Parable, Bird Ball and the upcoming Rick and Morty VR game. Will is also directing his new studio, Crows Crows Crows. They[...]

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More positive vibes for DEEP

engadget.com’s Joseph Volpe has written a nice piece about Owen Harris’ DEEP game. ‘It’s fitting that the morning I first experienced Deep VR at the Tribeca Film Festival, billed by its creators as a meditative virtual-reality experience, I was already approaching peak anxiety levels. At 9:30 a.m., I was behind schedule[...]

The Bridge 2016 looking for applicants

The Bridge programme is now looking for new/recent graduates (animation/games/vfx) and older graduates (animation/games/vfx) to take part in an intensive 8 week programme (between June and August) that aims to place graduates in studios and offer them onsite and offsite training. It is proposed that between 25-30 participants will be selected for[...]

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Apply for IGDA Student Scholarships to GDC Europe & Gamescom

Less than one month remains until GDC Europe and Gamescom 2016 IGDA scholarship applications close. Eligible students can apply at http://scholars.igda.org by 31 May 2016 GDC Europe will take place 15-16 August and Gamescom from 17-21 August, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. All undergrad and graduate students, as well as those[...]

iDIG Music Festival weekend in Dublin

Eimear Noone and her team return to Dublin with the globally successful Video Games Live and iDIG Music Festival on the 29th/30th of April. There is also an indie showcase featuring Imirt members and a game jam in this two day event. The festival runs April 29th and 30th at the[...]

Enter the Indie Showcase at Develop:Brighton

  Develop:Brighton are looking for submissions for their sixth Indie Showcase competition.                      The competition is totally free to enter and all 10 finalists will get the opportunity to show off their games to around 1,800 developers, publishers and media at Develop:Brighton, pre-event[...]

Galway Game Jam ‘Warp’ Theme a Great Success

I had a blast at the 48-hour event over the weekend, making and playing games. A large amount of jammers turned out to contribute, meet like-minded folk, and eat pizza (generously provided by organisers Darren and Alanna, @darrencearnaigh and @sparklyparticle respectively). Alongside the teams making games face-to-face all old-fashioned like, there were some[...]

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Galway Game Jam 5

Make a game in a weekend! Join a team or work solo. Learn stuff, meet people, make games, have fun! Venue: Aras na Mac Lienn, NUIG, Galway. Date: 1-3rd April, 2016 You can find us on facebook, twitter and our own (basic) site at http://galwaygamejam.com/     FAQ *What do[...]

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Games Fleadh 2016 Update

The annual Games Fleadh, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students, takes place in LIT Thurles on March the 9th. Launching the event at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus in Thurles were 4th year Game Design students, Sean O’Connor and Tommaso Marenzi (in pic). This year[...]

Call for Speakers – Develop:Brighton 2016

A call for speaker submissions is now open for Develop:Brighton 2016 and prospective speakers have until 21 March 2016 to submit proposals at developconference.com  Speakers are invited to submit sessions in line with Develop: Brighton’s ten tracks including two brand new tracks for 2016. The first, focused on funding, will take[...]

Women Work in Games event – speakers announced

To mark International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Vicky Lee (Coding Grace) and Aphra Kerr (Maynooth and gamedevelopers.ie) are combining with Digit Game Studies and  DogPatch Labs to showcase the creativity and skills of women working in the games industry in Ireland. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we[...]

Two Irish Winners at 2016 Kidscreen Awards

Cartoon Saloon and StoryToys came away with gongs for TV series ‘Puffin Rock’ and the app ‘My Very Hungry Caterpillar’ respectively. The annual Kidscreen Summit took place in Miami, Florida and attracted some high-profile names, including Donald Sutherland (promoting Pirate’s Passage, his baby) and Geena Davis (giving a speech about[...]

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Pewter Games Studios at Pax South

Pewter Games Studios is a small Irish game development studio based in Dublin and focusing on the creation of unique and memorable story-driven games. Read more about them at http://pewtergamesstudios.com/press/ ‘The Little Acre’ is coming to PCs and consoles in 2016 and they have been previewing their work recently at Pax south[...]

MindRising 2016 Competition

      Given the year that is in it this looks like a nice initiative revolving around games and creativity. Last week saw the launch of MindRising 2016, a competition celebrating 200 years of the island of  Ireland. Teams of primary and secondary school children will work on their[...]

Games and Children discussion on Newstalk

On Sat. the 6th of Feb. some regulars on gamedevelopers.ie, Aphra Kerr from Maynooth University and Jamie McCormick from Advanced Marcomm Services joined with Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin to discuss games, online culture, children and parenting with Sarah Carey on her show Talking Point[...]

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Just out – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Shapes and Colors

StoryToys’ new game, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Shapes and Colors’, follows on from the hugely successful The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The game features Eric Carle’s world-famous character and aims to develop the reasoning skills of young children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ and Friends First Words are part of the StoryToys Jr line.[...]

New IrishGameDev Website

A new website has been launched by Geoff Newman of Endlife Studios to bring together his various podcasts and videos of interviews with members of the Irish game development community. The latest #IrishGameDev podcast is with Colm Larkin of Gambrinous who released Guild of Dungeoneeing last year. Visit the site at http://www.irishgamedev.com/  

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Delta Legend Kickstarter Launches

Gut Games is a teeny tiny Dublin based studio which has just launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund its first game, Delta Legend – Magic of the Blues. Delta Legend is a fantasy action RPG which draws its inspiration, setting and, of course, soundtrack from the history and folklore which surrounds[...]

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John Romero to speak at Games Fleadh 2016

  The 13th annual Games Fleadh will take place on 9th March on the LIT campus in Thurles. This year’s theme is ‘Tower Defence’ and will feature Robocode (think virtual Robot Wars), a Game Studio competition, a Tom Clancy’s The Division competition and talks on games development and research by[...]

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Animation Skillnet courses (Dublin)

More high level short training courses on offer in Dublin from Animation Skillnet. Feb/March evening courses in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin. 1) Introduction to Toonboom Harmony (5 Tuesday Evenings) – http://animationskillnet.ie/09-02-16-introduction-to-toonboom-harmony-5-tuesday-evenings/ 2) Introduction to Nuke Compositing (5 Wednesday Evenings) – http://animationskillnet.ie/10-02-16-introduction-to-nuke-compositing-5-wednesday-evenings/ 3) Lighting and Look Development for CG Production (5 Thursday Evenings) – http://animationskillnet.ie/11-02-16-lighting-and-look-development-for-cg-production-5-thursday-evenings/

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Game Dev engineers wanted

Get school students excited about coding and participate in I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here Ireland! I’m an Engineer is an online activity where engineers talk to school students from all over Ireland at imanengineer.ie. Games developers are wanted for the Coding Zone in the next event, funded by SFI Discover and running between 29th February–11th[...]

Deadline for Creative Europe Videogame Fund

Deadline for Creative Europe Media Videogame Fund is 3/3/2016 at 11am (local time) or 12.00 noon Brussels time. A total fund of €2.6 million is available for narrative driven games on any platform. An individual project can apply for up to €150,000. Previous Irish awardees include StoryToys and Tribal Interactive.[...]

The Midlands as a Gaming Technopolis?!

The next Midlands Information Technology ( MIT) meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th January at 7pm, Old Reading Room, Annebrook House Hotel. Mullingar. MIT are delighted to announce Rob Acton as a guest speaker who will be giving a presentation entitled “The Midlands as a Gaming Technopolis”. Rob will discuss the current gaming[...]

Richard Barnwell at StartUp Grind Dublin – reader offer

Richard Barnwell from DIGIT is speaking at Startup Grind Dublin next week. Richard is CEO and founder of DIGIT Game Studios, based in Dublin. He was interviewed for gamedevelopers.ie recently. StartUp Grind Dublin events are focused on delivering an inspirational and educational meetup for aspiring entrepreneurs, or those looking for[...]

Romero news

As many of our readers already know Brenda and John Romero moved to Galway in the West of Ireland this Autumn, just in time for our torrential rain and floods. When did they last see rain like that! They have been busy. They have established Romero Games Ltd. Brenda was[...]

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Imirt Scholarship Winners Announced

Imirt, The Irish Game Makers Association has announced that it has awarded €46,150 in tuition scholarships to 25 of its members in partnership with the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and UBM Tech. The Game Developers Conference (gdconf.com) is the premiere conference for game developers in the world and is held each Spring[...]

GDC scholarships

There are currently two ways to try and reduce your costs for getting to GDC in San Francisco next year. IGDA scholarships The IGDA Scholarships program have announced that 18 scholarship recipients to GDC will receive a travel reimbursement stipend courtesy of the IGDA Foundation’s generous donors and recent fundraising efforts[...]

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Zap that Code

A new book aimed at younger coders will provide source code for twenty classic game types. Young coders can type in the code directly and then run it. “I wanted to createa book that would get non-coders interested and allow them to have fun creating games using code.” – Gary[...]

Game announcement – The Cobh

We have  been sent a trailer for the project The Cobh, named after a well known town in the South of Ireland. Currently it is being developed by Aapo, a graduate of Pulse college, now living in Dublin. The game is about a lamplighter who has to go through his/her[...]

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Execution Labs is looking for indies

Execution Labs in Montreal, Canada is now taking applications for the winter 2016 cohort of the Execution Labs Accelerator programme. The deadline is  November 22nd. Execution Labs is run by a team including Jason Della Rocca and it brings indie teams with a commercial orientation into a three month mentorship[...]

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IGDA Scholarships now open

  The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarship Committee are delighted to announce that the 2016 IGDA Scholarship Program is kicking off with applications for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in 2016. The program is open to all students and recent graduates in fields related to game development. Applications should be[...]

Free Course in Games & Interactive Technologies

Pulse College launches FREE Course in Gaming & Interactive Technologies for long term unemployed   Pulse College, the education faculty of world renowned Windmill Lane Studios, specialising in education programmes in Music, Audio, Filming, Gaming and Animation announced a FREE 33 Week Course in Self Employment for Gaming & Interactive[...]

Imirt Board elected

Imirt: The Irish Game Makers Association represents game makers from all disciplines throughout Ireland, both analog and digital. They have just held online elections to elect their first board. The board members are: Chris Gregan – has worked in the games industry for 13 years. He is currently a founder at Fungus[...]