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Irish Digital Gaming Industry Highlighted

Written by Robert McHugh, on 10th Mar 2015. Posted in Ireland

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Games Fleadh 2015 will be taking place tomorrow and will enhance Ireland's growing status as a location for digital games research and development
when three of the biggest names in the industry participate in the event.

The event will be hosted by LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming's biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero.

It will feature games development and research talks by prolific American games designers and developers Brenda and John Romero and Electronic Arts (EA) Chief Operating Officer Bryan Neider who will also assist in the judging process for the various undergraduate competitions involving third levels students and games developers from all over the island of Ireland.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th annual Games Fleadh will feature the 'Direct X' Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio 'Endless Runner' competition, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

Games Fleadh 2015 is open to the public for free.

Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT's Game Design and Development degree in Thurles said, "Games Fleadh presents a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector. In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry. It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector," added Dr. Noonan.

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