More Animation Success

More success for animators from Ireland and in particular Ballyfermot.

Irish animator and graduate of Ballyfermot College, Seamus Malone, Supervising Animator, Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures, collects the Children & Young People Award for ‘Shaun the Sheep’ at the 2010 International Emmy Awards.

Mind you he is British according to the Independent…

European Games Industry Report

The Institute for Prospective Technology Studies (IPTS) in Seville is a research arm of the EC and has just issued a report on the competitiveness of the European games industry.

The full report is available to download for free and is a good source of up to date statistics. There are a range of presentations by other speakers also available for download.


Fund Your Idea

The National Digital Research Centre in the Digital hub is seeking tech entrepreneurs and start-up promoters to take part in the Spring 2011 ‘LaunchPad’ programme.

LaunchPad is a three-month accelerator programme targeted at enabling great people to launch great ideas in the digital space.

It provides individuals or small teams with a supportive environment alongside other start-ups, hands-on mentoring to guide development, weekly workshops and networking with the right people and investment of up to €20,000 per project.

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm 17th November 2010. Eligible applicants will be invited to pitch their idea to the NDRC evaluation panel between 25th November and 2nd December 2010. The programme will start on 5th January 2011.

For full details, see

Digital Marketing Galway

The Irish Internet Association is running a workshop in Galway and one later in Dublin on digital marketing etc. that might be of interest to some.

Non members can attend

See below



Digital Marketing Strategy and Planning Workshop
10th November; 9am to 1pm; Radisson BLU Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, Galway

This intensive workshop is design to help senior management and marketeers get their digital sales and marketing strategy on track. You’ll learn about a digital planning framework that you can apply in your company.

We’ll explore a variety of strategies. You will have the chance to explore how your company can win business online. Practical, fast paced, commercial and results orientated, we cut through the noise of online to get to what will drive sales for your company. This is the final workshop in this roadshow, so don’t miss out and make sure you book now.

Delivered by Digino Marketing and run in conjunction with the Marketing Institute of Ireland, the course is offered at €135 for IIA members and €195 for non-members. Click here to proceed to booking.

During the workshop we’ll cover:

1. Digital Marketing Management – A simple planning framework

2. Situation Analysis – Discover you online opportunity

3. Setting SMART Objectives

4. Strategy – In a nutshell how are you going to deliver on these objectives

5. Action Plan

6. Control – Track, Analyse & Optimise


eBusiness Seminar – “Get Best Value from Your Internet Budget”
Tuesday, 9th November, 2pm-5pm; Stillorgan Park Hotel, Co. Dublin

Join us for the next in the series of eBusiness seminars presented by the IIA and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Enterprise Board.

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The Irish Internet Association, together with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board, are co-hosting an afternoon seminar on maximizing your internet spend. Places are limited.

Industry experts, Richie Bowden from RB Consulting and John Mitchell from Strata3 will give their tips on web services tenders and digital strategies. Kathryn Murphy of also present an insightful case study on her online business.

Who should attend?

If you are a small business owner/manager with plans to build a business-winning website on a limited budget, this seminar can help you. Featuring experienced internet strategy professionals, this afternoon session will provide you with impartial tips on how to get the best value from your internet spend across all activities – web development, digital marketing or social media strategy.

Come along and find out where you need to take your online activities to achieve results in 2011!

Ballardia Beta Keys is happy to publicice that Irish indie developer Ballardia has their first title, World of the Living Dead, in closed beta. have five beta keys to give away to the first five people who e-mail aphra at gamedevelopers dot ie.

World of the Living Dead is the work of Dave Barton – former Chief Game Designer at Jolt Online and designer of the Jolt/Activision Legends of Zork game – and Kulpreet Singh – former CTO of Jolt Online.

World of the Living Dead is about the difficulties of surviving in the zombie apocalypse, about scarcity, dehydration and starvation. Players must guide their small group of survivors through the zombie-filled streets of over twelve thousand square kilometers of Los Angeles County, competing against other players for scarce resources to survive.

For more see:

Game Title: World of the Living Dead (WotLD)
Publisher: Ballardia
Format: Online / Browser / PC / Mac / Linux / iPhone / iPod / iPad / Smartphones
Genre: Zombie / Survival / Strategy
Release Date: Q1 2011

Feature list
* Survival strategy zombie MMO browser game
* Huge game universe, starting with all of Los Angeles County
* Background story based on a drastic plan to save humanity
* Competition for limited resources – locations do not replenish
* Realistic character needs based on fear, fatigue, hunger and thirst
* Hardcore PvP with character permadeath and item looting from corpses
* Establish upgradeable safehouses and claim territory
* Control multiple characters with unique skill development paths
* Real-world weapons and items
* 100+ in-game collectible bonus cards
* Dozens of achievements for surviving, fighting and exploring
* Over 9 million zombies!