October 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm #8231
A brand new report and action plan for the games industry in Ireland has been published today by Forfas…
A few people on the boards have been involved in consultations with Forfas about this report..but it will be good to see the final report and what follows.
October 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm #47481AnonymousInactive
Have spent an hour reading through it now and thus far I must admit I’m impressed by the scope of this report.
Covers alot of ground and has some good insights and suggestions from what I can see so far.
Just hope we seem some real movement over next few years to help indigenous devs but also to attract big players to set up shop here.
October 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm #47482AnonymousInactive
Oh wow, I’ll read this and get back to you on my thoughts. I might be moving back to Dublin so this is most relevant to my interests.
October 11, 2011 at 10:01 am #47485
more annoucements and meetings…
October 11, 2011 at 10:51 am #47486AnonymousInactive
October 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm #47490AnonymousInactive
There was also a bit on Morning Ireland.
October 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm #47491
no specific details of supports but more coverage over on gamesindustry.biz
October 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm #47492AnonymousInactive
"PopCraft" that domain is parked….pity.
Welcome the report, the hard work has yet to be done.
October 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm #47494
October 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm #47495AnonymousInactive
Having previously worked in game development for a good few years in Ireland (Funcom Dublin), it would be great to see a stronger and bigger game development industry in Ireland.
This is very heartening news indeed, especially compared to the UK governments current attitude to game development.
I don’t think we’ll ever see triple-A, 100+ people-per-team, development but with the current diversification of gaming platforms and delivery mediums, there’s no reason why an indigenous mobile/social/etc dev scene couldn’t thrive.
October 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm #47496AnonymousInactive
I look forward to discussing this development at the next shindig at the end of the month :)
So its the existing start-up fund and Ireland’s normal tax incentives or does it go further?
October 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm #47497AnonymousInactive
I don’t think we’ll ever see triple-A, 100+ people-per-team, development[/quote:2f774efc2b]
You said that on GamesIndustry.biz too. Care to explain why? With the right people, I see no reason why we can’t have multiple AAA teams in the country within 10-15 years. When the time is right, I know I intend to do my part to make that happen.
October 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm #47505Jamie McKeymaster
Quote from Page 65:
Gamedevelopers.ie launched in 2003, is a vibrant on-line forum, networking and
information resource for the Irish game development community.[/quote:9a1302b4b7]
Go on GD.ie! It’s a long report to go through, but I’ve been scanning a good bit of it and it’s all pretty positive.
The focus the industry has been getting over the last year and a half is really good, and nice to see that we’re finally getting some attention. Now we can move beyond bitching about them not seeing the industry, and focus on really making what needs to happen actually happen.
Big or small, every games company whether it’s in development, publishing or other functions is a good thing, so kudos to everyone involved in the report.
October 12, 2011 at 7:26 am #47509AnonymousInactive
It also got attention on Gamasutra:
And on Develop-Online:
October 12, 2011 at 9:54 am #47510AnonymousInactive
October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am #47511AnonymousInactive
Yes, I do agree with Padraig.. that getting into triple-A development has some huge barriers for entry. So it might be some time before we see a "home grown" triple A developer with 100+ team here.
But with the right incentives, such as corporate tax incentives, we may be able to attract "existing" developers to open "development" studios here… which focus on content creation rather than HQ, customer support, localisation etc.
Its all about putting this into action though… like everything else, I just fear this government think their job is done once they have formed an action group and generated a report.
All in all.. I am pretty happy with the scope of this report and encouraged by the fact we’re on the roadmap!
Any thoughts on whether it would be possible for a group of indies/members of gd.ie to get together and represent us.. and try to meet with government.. keeping the momentum going and put forward our thoughts/needs?
October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am #47512AnonymousInactive
I was thinking the same thing, purely on the basis of looking at how many triple-A studios have opened in the last few years world-wide, there aren’t that many.
I would agree with Puffer too…attracting some of the big names would really be a good start and would help the new start-ups develop as it would mean there would be more talent in the area.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of it, especially with the UK industry crying out for incentives and getting nothing. Would the idea of relocating across the pond be good enough for them to make the move? I expect that some of them will definitely make that claim the next time they make their pleas to the government.
October 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm #47513AnonymousInactive
To be honest I’m pretty amazed that one or two medium sized triple A development studios haven’t relocated here. Oh there’s been talk and rumour over the years but nothings happened so far. Favourable corporation tax rate and the potential of funding from the IDA etc. should be a decent enough incentive. They can also draw on the ‘diaspora’ for experienced talent. I’m sure there’s enough ex-pats who’ve cut their teeth abroad who’d love a chance to come home and work on original IP for PC/console. I’m pretty sure, given a few months, even I could manage to gather a sizeable art department for such a venture just from the contacts I’ve made over the years. I’m sure there’s other folk out there that could make a similar claim.
I do also agree that a good amount of hope lies with the micro start ups dotted around the country. But they need appropriate support. I just hope that any support offered by the state as a result of this new Forfas report won’t be geared towards the big boys only.
October 13, 2011 at 3:50 am #47516AnonymousInactive
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