Eirplay, established in 2000, was not only awarded for creativity behind mobile games such as Monster Madness and Crazy Creche, but also for its 2003 output and the popularity of its products in the marketplace.

“Last year was tough,” says Eirplay co-director Peter Lynch, “but we managed to break into a competitive market with our java games. This award is great for the team because it’s a reflection of everyone’s work in developing first-rate games in a relatively short space of time.”

The O2 ceremony was well organised, according to Peter, with the Eirplay directors receiving their award from compere David McWilliams and delivering a small speech. Alongside Microsoft, other nominees for the category included Riverdeep Interactive Learning and Speirtech.

Peter Lynch is positive that awards like this will highlight the competence in the small number of Irish gaming companies, boost profiles, and bolster Ireland’s indigenous development industry. Eirplay, who had entered all six of their java games to the O2 judging panel, now plan to build on their success and double their team of six by the end of summer 2004.

“We were awarded for our first generation of java mobile games but now our technology and products have moved on. We currently have some extremely impressive software in development that will allow us to expand abroad where most of our gaming sales are based. We’ve great confidence about the year ahead.”

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