400 jobs for games support centre

A TOTAL of 400 jobs are set to be created in Dublin’s Digital Hub area through the establishment of a multilingual customer and operations support centre by GOA — the online games division of British mobile phone network provider, Orange.

GOA’s new Dublin office will support its growing portfolio of online computer games — in five languages — for gamers across

Europe.

The company manages what are referred to as massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) and recently signed up with game producer, Mythic Entertainment to support the popular Warhammer: Age of Reckoning game.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said: “GOA is a superb addition to the thriving games industry in Ireland. It is a market leader in multi-player online role-playing games, which are highly popular across the world. The games industry is a strategic target for inward investment into Ireland.

“Interactive entertainment is one of the fastest growing and most popular recreational sectors globally and this demand is creating new opportunities for Ireland and a substantial amount of sustainable, high value added employment in this cutting-edge industry.”

The Tánaiste said the deal is evident of Ireland’s transformation into an increasingly knowledge-based economy and enables the country “to target investments at the cutting edge of technology”.

GOA Ireland managing director, David Ryan said: “Ireland has a strong internet infrastructure and a young, educated and creative population. It is the ideal location to gather a highly educated, multilingual team to provide the best services and support to our very large customer base, partners and customers across Europe.”

IDA Ireland called the GOA development “a significant addition to the service industries in this country” and said that it was actively seeking to encourage further digital media companies to set up bases here in the future, “with similar high levels of technical expertise”, as part of its drive to develop and grow the media and entertainment sector in Ireland.


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