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Imirt welcomes recommendations to develop Irish games sector

Report on Economic Impact of the Irish Screen Sectors highlights need for extending section 481 to games and improving access to finance, markets and co-working spaces.   Imirt has welcomed the recommendations made in the Audiovisual Action Plan to develop the Irish games industry and further audiovisual sub-sectors. The Audiovisual[...]

Story and Macro Design Masterclass July 7th (Galway)

The Galway Film Centre are organising a Story and Macro Design Masterclass (1 day) with Brian Allgeier and Screen Training Ireland in the Galway Film Centre on July 7th. This course is open to, game writers, game designers and narrative designers from gaming industry, as well as writers/storyliners from film[...]

Gaming for Peace Conference January 10 – 11, 2019 (Call for Papers)

Gaming for Peace (GAP) is an EU H2020 funded project which is developing a curriculum of soft skills derived from interviews with experienced military, police and civilian peacekeeping personnel, and the state of the art in peacekeeping relevant soft skills and serious games. GAP is embedding a selection of peacekeeping[...]

Creative Gaming Award 2018

Initiative Creative Gaming have opened the call for submissions for the Creative Gaming Festival – PLAY 2018 which will take place in Hamburg from November 1st – 4th. The festival accepts game submissions from developers throughout Europe and enters them into the Creative Gaming Awards under three categories – Most[...]

Reddit AMA with Game Developers and Producers

The creators of the video game documentary Moleman 4 – Longplay have organised a ‘ask me anything’ series on Reddit.com with renowned game developers and producers. The AMA is intended for developers and fans and the line-up of guests consists of: ****Chris Taylor, Founder of Gas Powered Games and Lead[...]

New Head at Screen Training Ireland

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board announced recently that they had appointed Gareth Lee to the role of Manager of Screen Training Ireland.  Gareth will be responsible for the roll out of a new plan of action for the development of skills across the whole screen sector being Film,[...]

8th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning 28th – 29th June (Cork)

The 8th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (iGBL) will take place at the Clayton hotel in Cork City from June 28th – 29th. iGBL provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practice on the use of games and game-based approaches to support motivation, learning,[...]

Irish Interfirms Gaming League Community

The Irish Interfirms Gaming League (IIGL) is an Irish video-gaming community and league where companies can compete in various different eSports games. The community is run by volunteers and aims to promote gaming. The initiative is in the early stages of development and organisers are actively looking for interested parties[...]

Animation Skillnet Toon Boom Harmony Bootcamp June 18th-22nd

Animation Skillnet, in association with Boulder Media, are running an animation bootcamp (using Toon Boom Harmony) from Monday 18th of June to Friday 22nd of June. The week-long bootcamp will take place from 9:00am – 5:00pm and will be delivered by Graham Tormey, Animation Supervisor at Boulder Media. The bootcamp[...]

Futurescope 2018 May 31st (Dublin)

Futurescope 2018 will take place at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday May 31st. The event is designed around four themed stages – Insights, Collaboration, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, breakout sessions, and a creativity meets tech session. Animation Ireland and Animation Skillnet have organised the creativity meets tech programme which[...]

Writers Game 2018 November 17-18 (Dublin)

Writers Game is an event aiming to bring writers together to collaborate from gaming, film, publishing, and virtual reality. The event will take place at ODEON Point Village on November 17th and 18th. The two day conference will be organised around a series of masterclasses by successful writers and storytellers[...]

State of Play 2018 May 4th (DIT Aungier St.)

State of Play 2018 is an Irish Independent Game Maker event hosted by the School of Media in the Dublin Institute of Technology, in association with the Irish Game Makers Association – IMIRT. The event will take place on Friday, May 4th at DIT Aungier St and will be primarily organised[...]

ADAPT Ethics in Research & Innovation Workshop 5th-6th July (TCD)

  The ADAPT Research Centre is a digital innovation and research organisation developing next generation digital technologies and research. On July 5th and 6th, the centre will hold a two-day interactive workshop entitled “Ethics in Research and Innovation: Methods and Practice”. The ADAPT website provides information on their latest research[...]

Animation Skillnet ‘Creativity Meets Technology’ @ Futurescope 2018

Animation Skillnet, in collaboration with Animation Ireland, will be organising a room on the theme of “Creativity Meets Technology” at Futurescope 2018, which takes place at the Convention Centre on the 31st May. Irish and international industry experts will be presenting on the day, including Epic Games (Unreal Engine), The[...]

Dublin Games Summit 19th July

AeonSpark Events have organised a new gaming industry conference – Dublin Games Summit. The event has been designed as an industry expo and networking opportunity, primarily aimed at developers, publishers, and retailers. DGS will host a number of industry experts and speakers such as Steven Collins (Co-Founder at Havok), Jen[...]

ARVR Innovate Conference 2018 to host a ‘Startup Zone’

The 5th annual ARVR Innovate conference will take place on May 10th between 8:30 am – 5:30 pm at the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The event is one of Europe’s most recognised augmented reality and virtual reality conferences, hosting over 40 national and international speakers, and an expo[...]

Diversity in Games Workshops (April/Galway)

We are going on tour with our Network in Play Workshops! In April 2018 Network in Play and our partners are running three workshops for beginners in Galway which are female friendly and inclusive. This follows on from our diversity workshops in Dublin in the summer of 2016. This is[...]

Call for Papers: IEEE Games & Entertainment Conf (Galway)

IEEE Games Entertainment & Media conference, will be held in Galway, Ireland 15th-17th August. The IEEE GEM 2018 conference aims to bring together researchers, developers,industry & government partners working on gaming technologies, entertainment, multimedia, Virtual & Augmented reality,IoT, Artificial intelligence & interdisciplinary areas. GEM encompasses all aspects of gaming and interactive[...]

Animation MasterClasses in Dingle

As if you need another excuse to go to Dingle! Sign up by Fri. 16th of March. Animation Skillnet are teaming up with Animation Dingle to offer the master classes outlined below at Animation Dingle 2018 (with support from Skillnets, Screen Training Ireland and the BAI). Please note that places on each[...]

GameDevelopers.ie Community Announcement

This is a message for all users of the site. As you may have seen for the last number of months we have had a site notification on the homepage, while we reviewed a number of issues. This email is to share information about a security compromise, and explain what[...]

Call for participation: Game-Based Learning Conf (Cork)

The call for participation to the 8th Irish Conference on Game-Based learning (iGBL2018) is now open. iGBL2018 will be held on 28th and 29th June 2018 in Cork City (Ireland), and welcomes abstracts from developers, instructors and researchers for game demos, presentations or workshops on the themes of games for[...]

Games to Inspire event (Cahir Castle, 23 & 24th Nov.)

“Games to Inspire in Youth Work and Development Education” in Cahir Castle  on  the 23rd and 24th of November   The conference is part of our exciting 2 year international project funded by ERASMUS on gaming and youth work, and, together with partners from UK and Greece we are hugely excited to host a[...]

Apply to present at GXI

Games Expo Ireland (GXI) takes in the RDS, Dublin, this Autumn. While the larger show is aimed at fans, they will be hosting an industry Games Summit, bringing some of the biggest and the most interesting companies and players together to talk about the industry. They are now looking for[...]

Simteractive wins WiG Europe Mobile Awards

Simteractive have won two awards at the inaugural European Women in Games Mobile Awards at the ceremony in London last week. The Leadership Award recognises the talents and accomplishments of an individual, and was given to Simteractive CEO Elaine Reynolds. The studio then went on to get a special mention in[...]

Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeships 2017

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are currently seeking applicants for the third iteration of their hugely successful graduate Traineeship Programme for Animation and VFX. Start Date: Monday 16th October 2017 End Date: Friday 30th March 2018 Deadline for applications: Friday 8th September 2017. Interviews in September with Final Selection on Friday 6th October 2017. See information on the call and[...]

Two companies win Creative Europe MEDIA funding

Congratulations to Tribal City Interactive and Pewter Games Studios on their Creative Europe MEDIA Video Games 2017 funding awards! Tribal City Interactive received €115,000 to help develop their project, Tir Anann. Pewter Games Studios were awarded €150,000 for their game, Athanasia. In total 32 European Video Games were selected for a total amount of €3,729,550. Since 2013, three Irish game companies have[...]

2017 Imirt Board elections – call for nominees

The 2017 board elections for Imirt, the Irish Game Maker’s Association, will happen in September. There will be four seats available for nominees to fill (it was three last year). Being on the board of Imirt means you steer the agenda and implement the goals of the organisation. To become[...]

ShipItCon 2017 & Diversity

ShipItCon 2017 takes place on August the 25th in the Mansion House in Dublin. ShipItCon is a conference about shipping software safely, and delivering value through rapid feedback cycles. We’ve got speakers from different size companies talking about how they ship their products, and about how they provide customers value through[...]

FreemantleMedia & 9th Impact Sign Danger Mouse App Deal

FreemantleMedia Kids & Family has announced today that it has signed a deal with award-winning Irish studio 9th Impact to produce a Danger Mouse licensed app. The Danger Games app will be available globally on App Store and Google Play Store this summer. Taking the episode Quark Games as its inspiration,[...]

Inspirefest Family Fringe – GameCraft Unplugged

This year’s Inspirefest 2017 will again include a range of Family Fringe events. Hosted at Accenture’s The Dock building on 8 July, the free event is set to have some of Ireland’s most exciting workshops for kids, allowing them to create whatever they like, from board games to their own soft robots.[...]

Win Student tickets to Inspirefest 2017

Many of you will know that the Inspirefest conference is coming up in early July. The main conference runs from July 6th & 7th in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. We like their focus on diversity and inclusion which is in line with the ethos of gamedevelopers.ie[...]

Imirt Inspire – an evening of talks, June 28th (Dublin)

Wed June 28th 5pm – 7:30pm Neill Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin Imirt, the Irish Game Makers Association is proud to present an evening of talks about game design and culture on June 28th from 5pm to 7:30pm. The event is in collaboration with the MSc in Interactive[...]

Bookings open for 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (Cork)

The forthcoming 7th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2017) will be be hosted by in Cork this year on 22nd and 23rd June 2017, and bookings are now open. iGBL provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practice on the use of games and[...]

Inspirefest 2017 – AI, robotics & games meet Diversity

Last week saw the official launch of the Inspirefest 2017 Programme in Grand Canal Square, with an array of speakers announced from as far afield as Silicon Valley, New York, the UK, France, Australia and Africa. Gamedevelopers.ie popped along to see what was happening. Themes this year will vary from Blockchain,[...]

Imirt Inspire Interview 15: Anya Combs

The Imirt Inspire Interview series features inspirational members of the international game development community talking to Irish game creators. The next interview will be with Anya Combs. It will be streamed on Thursday June 8th, 3:00pm Irish time. ANYA COMBS Anya Combs is the Games Outreach Lead at Kickstarter, where she[...]

Call for Speakers – Galways Games Gathering

The Galway Games Gathering – An International Games Event on the Edge of Europe Sept 19th/20th, Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway, Ireland   The Galway Games Gathering is taking place this coming September and they are looking for speakers. The renowned John Romero and Eimear Noone are already on the[...]

Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs – info event

Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs Open Evening in the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) in Dublin on May 8th. Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3rd May and closes at 3pm on Wednesday 17th May. Equity funding of €50,000 is[...]

Develop:Brighton – call for Indie games for showcase

    Develop:Brighton’s annual search for the next big thing in indie games dev is officially underway as submissions open for the seventh Indie Showcase competition sponsored by Unity. The competition is totally free to enter and all 10 finalists will get the opportunity to show off their games to over 2,000[...]

Beta Testers Wanted – Cork studio

Hi, we’re Halesoft, based in Cork in the south of Ireland. We make games as well as provide a long list of other web based services.  We just came out of the woodwork lately, sprung up in Cork a few months ago.  We’re a bunch of lads from varies backgrounds, mainly[...]

ShipItCon 2017 – tickets available

  ShipitCon is a community event for engineers involved in the building and deployment of software. ShipItCon is being organised primarily by engineers and managers working within the games industry in Ireland including Demonware and Digit Game Studios. This is a non-profit event, organised by volunteers and any remaining funds[...]

BAFTA Special Award for Brenda Romero

We are delighted to hear that BAFTA has announced that it will honour Brenda Romero with its Special Award during next week’s (Thurs the 6th of April) ceremony in London. The accolade recognises not only her creative contribution to the games industry, but also her advocacy of the creative process[...]

Updated: State of Play 2017 – Talks & Expo, 5th April

State of Play is Ireland’s premier Independent Game Maker Event hosted by the School of Media in the Dublin Institute of Technology, in conjunction with IMIRT, the Irish Game Makers association. This year it will take place on Wed the 5th of April. From 18.30 there will be an exciting and[...]

Call for Chapters: Contemporary Media Art in Ireland

For those who like to write about games this might be of interest (gd.ie). “Submissions are invited for a collection of essays provisionally entitled, Contemporary Media Art in Ireland. This will be a volume of essays that provides a detailed account of born-digital art in an Irish context. For the[...]

Q-Con XXIV

Now in its 24th year, Q-Con takes place annually in Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union, and is a weekend long celebration of everything gaming and anime related, from eSports and Tabletop, to Cosplay and Movie Screens.  Major events already confirmed to make a welcome comeback in 2017 include The Irish[...]

SoP GameJam

DIT are running a gamejam for State of Play on the 1st of April. It will be located at the grangegorman DIT campus. Tickets cost 10 euro and give you free entry to state of play. Each game will be shown at SoP and the crowd will vote on their[...]

New MSc Game Design & Development in UL

Starting in the Autumn 2017 the University of Limerick is launching a new MSc Game Design & Development. Led by Brenda Romero as course director, the MSc in Game Design & Development is a two-year program (level 9) which takes place over four semesters. Students are encouraged to use the summer[...]

Games Fleadh 2017 update

LIT Tipperary, will host Games Fleadh on Wednesday March 8th 2017, the annual colleges and schools game development competition, and the theme for the 2017 event is Racing Game. Games Fleadh will also feature games development and research talks by industry veterans and researchers. The full list of speakers is now available[...]

The Games Co-Op. A new monthly meetup in Dublin

There is a new games meetup starting in the Liquor Rooms, Dublin, at 7pm on Tuesday, March 7th. (ID REQUIRED!!! Over 18s event, and the venue were quite specific about everyone bringing ID.) The Games Co-Op is a new, monthly, multi-discipline event that aims to bring people with different skills together[...]