The idea for gamedevelopers.ie emerged from a 2001/02 research project on the digital games industry conducted by Dr. Aphra Kerr while working at the Centre for Society, Technology and Media (STeM) at Dublin City University.
Financial assistance from 02 and Nokia, and creative input from John Lynch and Paul May, then two multimedia students in DCU, brought the idea to fruition. The site was launched in April 2003 and since then has become a vibrant networking and information resource for the Irish game development community.
In 2007 the Irish company Demonware came on board to support the work of gamedevelopers.ie
We work with local companies, indies and freelancers to help them advertise jobs based in Ireland, to post news and to support the development of a game development community. In return they partner with us to run events.
If you are based in Ireland and your business is games you can send your jobs or news to info at gamedevelopers dot ie
Currently the following help to run the website on a voluntary basis:
Dr. Aphra Kerr
Content manager and events organiser.
Aphra currently lectures in the Department of Sociology at NUI Maynooth, and has written a book on games called "The Business and Culture of Digital Games: Gamework/Gameplay: " published by Sage publications in London. Her website can be found at:
Site design and layout.
Ian Hannigan is a game designer with experience in Ireland, the UK and Germany. His home on the web can be found at: www.slowrocket.com
Site development and programming.
Dave Kearney is a software developer based in Dublin. His home on the web can be found at: www.dkearney.com
Aphra Kerr, Lecturer, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Dave Kearney, software developer, Dublin. His handle on our forums is skyclad.
Damian Furlong, game programmer, UK. His handle on our forums is omen.
Mark Aherne, indie developer, Dublin/Galway. His handle on our forums is Faerdan.
John Molloy, game designer, UK. His handle on our forums is nifty. See www.splashdamage.com
Other Regular Contributors:
Pavel Barter, freelance journalist, Dublin/Belfast.
Paul Conway, artist, freelance, in the West!
Jamie McCormick, English Marketing Manager, gPotato Europe, Dublin.
Hugh McAtamney, course chair for the MSc in Digital Games and Creative Media in DIT, Dublin and co founder of http://www.seriousgames.ie.
And other members of the gd.ie community.
Drop us a line to get involved. This site is run by volunteers. All welcome!