Industry leaders predict huge growth in Ireland’s digital gaming sector

The gaming industry is the right industry to be in, BioWare’s director of services, Jason Livingston, told students at the LIT Tipperary Games Fleadh 2012.

“If your parents are asking you why you’re playing around with games, show them the report that says the global gaming market will be worth €680bn by 2014. Tell them that you are in the right industry,” said Mr Livingstone.

Mr Livingstone has overseen the opening of BioWare’s Galway facility for the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Galway facility is now close to filling the 400 jobs it announced.

“The reality in Ireland is that you have a fantastic pool of resources to pull from. I really believe that the availability of jobs here is going to grow because it is recognised internationally that the pool of talent available here is really strong.

“Ireland’s reputation generally in the digital games developing sector is really on the up. As a result, I believe that pretty much all of the graduates in this area will secure employment and, furthermore, they will secure that employment here in Ireland,” he said.

The Games Fleadh is a showcase for digital gaming students. At the event, industry leaders predicted the sector will grow over the next two years.

Chief executive of Galway’s independent developer Tribal City Interactive, Alan Duggan, said that there are clear opportunities for graduates. “I am really happy with what I have seen today and I don’t think we are going to have a problem filling our positions this summer, based the output from young game developers,” he said.

One of the high points of the event is the Engineers Ireland Game Developer Awards. Limerick-based company Open Emotion Studios, which is designing the Rubber Bandits game for the mobile market, took three of the 12 awards, including the Best Game award. Dublin-based Pufferfish Games and Bat Cat Games won two each.


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