Imirt AGM 2016


The Imirt AGM 2016 will take place at 6 pm on Friday the 4th of November at Start Lab in Galway. Find out about Imirt and their plans for the coming year, meet the recently elected board, and have your say about how Imirt can help represent game creators in Ireland.

Let them know on the Facebook event page if you’re planning to go along.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend and they will also live stream the event on the Imirt twitch channel.

The Imirt AGM is on after the “Creative Stories – From Practitioners in Games and Animation” session in GMIT from 2-5pm and there will be a Galway Game Dev meetup later on nearby.

If you have any questions you would like us to address at the AGM please email:

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise now in beta


Simteractive’s first game, Eden Isle is now in Beta! Sign up as a beta tester, or apply for work experience.

Beta Testing

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is now in beta! If you are interested in giving feedback on the game and helping to find bugs or if you just want to give it a go before it’s released, drop an email to or sign up at Eden Isle is iOS only at the moment but if you’re on Android you can still sign up and you’ll get an email when the Android build is ready. The feedback from the Irish game dev community Simteractive have received so far has been invaluable and they really appreciate all the input into the game.

Work Experience/Internship

If you’re interested in work experience or an internship in QA, you can find the application form and all the details at

About Eden Isle

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise is a sim/building game that lets players create their dream holiday resort. It’s a casual, free-to-play game for smartphones and tablets. Keep up to date with the game through Facebook or Twitter @eden_isle.

Game Features

*Build a holiday resort that reflects your ideals and personal style
*Attract guest types such as treehuggers, hipsters, glampers, fashionistas and selfie-lovers by building the facilities they want in your resort
*Keep your guests happy by tending to their needs and responding to any special requests
*Manage your bars, restaurants and shops well to earn as much money as possible
*Decorate your resort to earn bonuses from nearby accommodation and activities
*Keep your resort running smoothly by ensuring your activities are in good working order, your staff are well-trained, your resort is clean and your warehouse is well stocked
*Visit resorts that your friends have built and compare your resort building skills
*As your resort improves, your resort score and star rating improves – can you build the ultimate five-star resort?


Here’s a brief trailer: [embedyt][/embedyt]

About Simteractive

Simteractive is a Dublin-based game development studio. There is currently a team of six working on ‘Eden Isle: Resort Paradise’, which is the studio’s first title.

For more information on Simteractive check out the website or follow @Simteractive on Twitter.

Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation

The second annual International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events (ICGJ 2017) has decided to extend the final deadline for the Call for Papers. This conference builds on an expanding number of conferences, workshops series and research evaluating, enhancing, and improving game creation events.  The conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

The conferences takes place on the 26th of Feb in GitHub in San Francisco, USA – before GDC.

Game jams and hackathons have become popular activities with their own unique culture and communities. Often held in a confined space for a limited duration of time, these activities offer enormous technological and social benefits for their participants. Studies can be conducted around the technical creation aspect of the activity, as well as its social and educational dynamics. The research area now has a diverse and dedicated following of scholars.


Paper submission

Submissions Dec. 1, 2016

Decisions Jan. 6, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Jan. 20, 2017


Late breaking (extended abstracts)

Abstract Submissions Dec. 1, 2016

Review Jan. 6, 2017

Final Draft Jan. 30, 2017

Decisions Feb. 7, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Feb. 15, 2017


Game Showcase:

Submissions Jan. 30, 2017

Decisions Feb. 7, 2017

Camera Ready Copy Feb. 15, 2017

Please note that accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library.


Awards & Unity nominations for Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education has been in touch about their latest news.

Immersive VR Education have recently won another international award for their educational experience, Apollo 11 VR. Apollo 11 VR gives users the ability to witness the moon landing first-hand, from the view point of Neil Armstrong.

The Waterford-based company have taken out Best Educational Experience at the Proto Awards held in Hollywood, after being nominated for five awards.

David Whelan - Proto Awards
David Whelan – Proto Awards


You can see their acceptance speech below.



Secondly, they have been nominated for the Unity Awards but need your help to try secure a win. The company has been nominated for 3 Unity Awards, with the winners to be announced at Unity 2016 Los Angeles on 1st November.

Apollo 11 VR has been named a finalist for Best Non-Game Project, Best VR Experience, and The Golden Cube award. These awards are granted by the gaming community, with Unity account holders able to cast their votes.



As their recognition is growing so is their workforce, with the team expanding from 4 to 12 employees within a year. And they are still expanding, with positions advertised on and their website –