Digit Launch event
|27th June 2012
by Aphra /Paul Hayes
Digit Game Studios is a new company in Dublin and they have 10 roles and up to 20 openings at the moment...see under jobs, all posted 3rd June http://www.gamedevelopers.ie/jobs/
Yesterday saw the official press launch in Dublin city centre and the announcement that Digit Game Studios has acquired significant funding from Irish investors and is set to establish a major independent games studio in Ireland.
The initial team is expected to grow rapidly as the games deployed expand on multiple platforms. The management team has held senior positions in EA, Atari, Jagex, Popcap and Jolt/Gamestop.
“We chose Dublin because of the ability to access best in class talent, the great support from Enterprise Ireland and the general buzz around the cities startup scene. We hope to hire locally mostly but also intend to attract some top class people from around the games world”, said Richard Barnwell, CEO of Digit, commenting at the launch.
“We were impressed by the founding team of Digit which is one of the most experienced teams we have seen in the online gaming sector in Europe. This funding will allow them to recruit the appropriate personnel and give the company a platform to execute on their strategy of becoming a global leader in the online gaming sector” Maurice Roche, General Partner Delta Partners.
‘We have known Richard, Martin, Dave and Fergus for sometime, and it is great to have found an opportunity to invest in them. The innovative titles they are creating are going to get the attention of players and major publishers’ John O’Sullivan, General Partner ACT Venture Capital.
Welcoming the announcement, Greg Treston, Enterprise Ireland Head of High Potential Start Ups, said: ‘Digit Games Studios is a highly innovative young Irish company which will rapidly make a name for itself in the games sector.
About Digit Gaming Founders
CEO Richard Barnwell was most recently CEO of Jolt Online Gaming and an Advisor to GameStop (NYSE:GME) Prior to that he was CEO of secureVirtual (Cloud hosting platform in London) and part of the original management team at Jagex
CMO Martin Frain was most recently Marketing Director at Stan James. His games experience spans Marketing and Business Development Director at Atari, Global Marketing Director at EA, Marketing Director at Radica and Marketing Manager at Hasbro
Art Director Fergus Duggan worked at Jolt Online Gaming, Monumental Games, Swordfish Studios and at Circle Studio
David McGovern was Head of Studio at Jolt Online Gaming and was previously Mobile QA Lead at Popcap
An experienced team in developing and launching games:
MMOs: Runescape, Star Trek Online
AAA console :Tomb Raider, Colin McRae, Mirrors Edge
Online :Battlefield Heroes, Championship Manager Rivals
Mobile :Bejewelled, Chuzzle
Meet and Greet
Digital Game Studios are having a more general launch event this thurs. evening, 28th June, in Dublin.
Attendance is free so if you are interested in hearing more about the company and the jobs sign up at https://digitgameslaunch.eventbrite.com/
If you can't make it pop along to the gd.ie shindig in the Lombard on Pearse Street on fri evening from 7.30 and we should have all the gossip!