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Irish gaming industry under the spotlight

Kevin Roche from Tipperary plays Guitar Hero On Tour in LIT Thurles, which hosts Games Fleadh 2015 on March 11th. Pic Brian Arthur / Press 22

Kevin Roche from Tipperary plays Guitar Hero On Tour in LIT Thurles, which hosts Games Fleadh 2015 on March 11th. Pic Brian Arthur / Press 22

Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development will be highlighted tomorrow (Wednesday) when three of the biggest names in the industry participate in Games Fleadh 2015.

LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, will host Ireland’s largest gaming event at its campus in Thurles.

Games Fleadh 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.

Neider is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic Arts (EA), which is responsible for producing some of the bestselling video game titles of all time including The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL.

Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit, dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies.

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 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,” said Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015.

“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.

Games Fleadh 2015 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at http://www.gamesfleadh.ie. For more visit http://www.twitter.com/gamesfleadh or Twitter search #gamesfleadh.

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Darren is from County Galway and joined The Clare Herald in 2014.

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