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This topic contains 16 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  peter_b 9 years, 6 months ago.

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  • #6482

    RonanHayes
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    Hi all

    This is just an informal heads up that Frantic Games will be recruiting for several fulltime positions very soon.

    -Senior Programmers
    -Senior AI & Gameplay Programmers
    -Junior Programmers
    -Artists (Model, Unwrap, Texture)
    -Animators

    We will have a very competitive package that should appeal to most people. If you want full details on the job and packages we offer feel free to contact me:

    ronanhayes@franticgames.com

    When we roll out official recruitments ads (with full details), but for now feel free to contact me.

    Regarding Frantic Games, I have been slowly building the foundation for a Games Studio over the past few years, taking my time to ensure everything is in place (or at least as much as possible could be in place). We are developing 1 title in full production http://www.1944d-day.com and have 3 other titles in pre-production. We are aiming for all major platforms with our titles (although we have focused on PC up until now) as well as a range of PSN and XBLA titles.

    We are based in Ahtlone just off the Motorway/Dual-Carriageway (1 hour 20 mins to Dublin, 1 hour 30 mins to Galway)

    Anyone interested in more information drop me a line, and I will make sure to pass on the full ads when we start our recruitment push.

    Cheers
    Ronan

  • #39903

    satchmo
    Participant

    Great to hear of a games studio recruiting for fulltime development jobs in Ireland, hopefully we’ll see more of that in the future!

    Best of luck with it.

  • #39904

    peter_b
    Participant

    HiRonan

    Great to hear your hiring up.

    Out of interest where did you acquire funds to hire senior staff, reckon they’ll be pretty expensive, especially with the current wages in the UK and sterling strength. Have ye got alot of venture caplists?

  • #39906

    RonanHayes
    Participant

    Sterling is pretty weak at the moment, which is good for us. Biggest challenge I have is bringing people across as most people while they may hate standard of living in and around London or the other parts of the Uk they are still unwilling to move to what they would consider the "middle of no where".

    Regards the funding, that’s what I have been building towards for all this time. I could have taken the plunge many moons ago but I resisted the temptation and stayed out just long enough to minimize risk. This has appealed to Venture Capitalists, Investors and Partners alike.

  • #39907

    Matthew
    Participant

    Its great to hear you guys are doing well.

    If you are looking for a level designer or 3D Modler is a few more years, you know where I am. lol

  • #39910

    mal
    Participant

    That’s excellent news regarding scaling up the games company Ronan!

    It’s interesting to see how various approaches have been taken to set up a games company, even within the relatively short time that gd.ie has been about!

    The best of luck (although I don’t think you’ll be needing luck now, hopefully everything continues to go according to plan! )
    Ma

  • #39913

    omen
    Participant

    I hear ya Ronan. I’d find it pretty hard to justify moving back to Ireland at the moment. Good luck with the recruitment.

  • #39918

    parrotbait
    Participant

    Hi Ronan,

    Sent you a mail there!

  • #39932

    RonanHayes
    Participant

    Just thought I would bump this to see if anyone else is interested.

  • #39939

    erckle
    Participant

    Hi Ronan,
    Sent you a mail

  • #39948

    feral
    Participant

    Have ye got alot of venture caplists?[/quote:b2ffc86022]

    I could have taken the plunge many moons ago but I resisted the temptation and stayed out just long enough to minimize risk. This has appealed to Venture Capitalists, Investors and Partners alike.[/quote:b2ffc86022]

    That’s a bit ambiguous – are you saying you’ve actually got VC (or othe large external eg angel) funding?

    Just thought I would bump this to see if anyone else is interested.[/quote:b2ffc86022]
    I’m sure you’ve got plenty of people knocking on your door, but I also think you’ll get a lot more interest when you actually start your hiring drive, there’ll be a lot of people that won’t send in a CV unless there’s an actual job being hired for.

    Also, have to say, fair play for the entrepreneurial spirit.

  • #39949

    RonanHayes
    Participant

    That’s a bit ambiguous – are you saying you’ve actually got VC (or othe large external eg angel) funding?[/quote:d75dd0fbb8]

    It’s ambiguous because it’s a public forum and not a place to be talking figures or exact business details.

    I’m sure you’ve got plenty of people knocking on your door, but I also think you’ll get a lot more interest when you actually start your hiring drive, there’ll be a lot of people that won’t send in a CV unless there’s an actual job being hired for.

    Also, have to say, fair play for the entrepreneurial spirit.[/quote:d75dd0fbb8]

    This was more of a polite heads up for GD.ie before I approached the various sites and recruitment agencies. As I would like to have considered all the local talent before commencing a wider recruitment push. I get alot of emails regarding positions (full-time or contract) and staggering them allows me to evaluate each candidate completely. Instead of the alternative where where I have X number of candidates and try to evaluate them all at the same time.

  • #39957

    peter_b
    Participant

    My advice Ronan would be to hit the agencies asap, as theres alot of movement around the industry this time of year and the senior ppl (who you really need to get this game done) will be moving about and settling down soon in their new roles. A few of my buddies here have already decided to make the jump stateside to Vancouver. So strike while the iron is hot, get some experience guys from over here, bring them over then bring in some junior guys(like on here) to learn and become productive from these guys..

    That’s a bit ambiguous – are you saying you’ve actually got VC (or othe large external eg angel) funding?[/quote:2349275d28]

    It’s ambiguous because it’s a public forum and not a place to be talking figures or exact business details.

    I’m sure you’ve got plenty of people knocking on your door, but I also think you’ll get a lot more interest when you actually start your hiring drive, there’ll be a lot of people that won’t send in a CV unless there’s an actual job being hired for.

    Also, have to say, fair play for the entrepreneurial spirit.[/quote:2349275d28]

    This was more of a polite heads up for GD.ie before I approached the various sites and recruitment agencies. As I would like to have considered all the local talent before commencing a wider recruitment push. I get alot of emails regarding positions (full-time or contract) and staggering them allows me to evaluate each candidate completely. Instead of the alternative where where I have X number of candidates and try to evaluate them all at the same time.[/quote:2349275d28]

  • #39959

    RonanHayes
    Participant

    I’ve been dealing with 1 agency directly and finding the greatest challenge is actually getting people to consider Ireland as an option.

    There are a few senior developers already in this with me, and we are hoping to get 1 or 2 more while the lay off’s and movement is occuring. There is hope that this could work out well for us in the long run, but we’ll see how it progresses.

    The main thing is to put forward a very good package and ensure developers of financial stability.

  • #39960

    peter_b
    Participant

    I’ve been dealing with 1 agency directly and finding the greatest challenge is actually getting people to consider Ireland as an option.

    There are a few senior developers already in this with me, and we are hoping to get 1 or 2 more while the lay off’s and movement is occuring. There is hope that this could work out well for us in the long run, but we’ll see how it progresses.

    The main thing is to put forward a very good package and ensure developers of financial stability.[/quote:43eb8482d0]

    Have the senior developers you’ve got already got industry experience? and shipped titles (which have been heard of i.e. AAA), as this will help you a hell of a lot getting more AAA talent in. People who work on AAA titles always like to know that the majority of the ppl they work with know and have published games of this level of quality, also when looking for a publisher\platform kit to buy\rent\release on, this is a prequiste.

  • #39961

    RonanHayes
    Participant

    Yes, the current team has around 80 combined released titles under our belts (for all major platforms), as well as 6 movies and tv (including the up coming Dark Knight, Band of Brothers) and Countless Documentaries (BBC, Granada, History Channel, Gear Box).

    The current team was founded with experience in mind, we acknowledge talent in every form and typically look further afield to fill roles (for example bringing in Architects for level development).

    So don’t worry all these elements are in hand, my main concern is filling the remaining gaps in the team with people who can do the job and do it exceptionally well. The big problem is convincing people to come back to Ireland.

  • #39962

    peter_b
    Participant

    Yes, the current team has around 80 combined released titles under our belts (for all major platforms), as well as 6 movies and tv (including the up coming Dark Knight, Band of Brothers) and Countless Documentaries (BBC, Granada, History Channel, Gear Box).
    [/quote:777993646e]

    Wow 80 titles, impressive. So you have already managed to move some guys back to ireland from major game companies like the likes of EA etc?

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