Sunday, 28 June 2015

Irish Gamers Town Hall Meetup

Imirt: The Irish Game Makers Association has announced the time and location of its inaugural town hall meeting. It is to be held June 30, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Twitch TV at http://www.twitch.tv/imirt_ie/profile.

Imirt was formed in April 2015 and represents game makers from all disciplines throughout Ireland, both analog and digital. The Irish game industry is thriving, passionate and driven and is comprised of everyone from award-winning freelance game makers to massive multi-national companies like Demonware, Blizzard, Activision, Bethesda and Zynga. The goal of Imirt is to increase awareness of Ireland’s game makers on the national and international stage while providing opportunities for networking, community growth and development.  

"As a game developer based on the west coast, I'm happy to take part in forming an organisation which will be a unifying force for the Irish games development community," said steering committee member Paul Conway of DoomCube.com. Conway is joined on the steering committee by Owen Harris of bitSmith Games, Chris Gregan of Fungus Games, John O’Kane of Snozbot, John Halloran of SixMinute Games, Elaine Reynolds of Simteractive, Dave McCabe of Greenheart Games, and Brenda Romero of Romero Games.

At the meeting, members of Imirt’s steering committee will present information on Imirt, its formation, its goals, membership details and also provide announcements for upcoming Imirt-related professional events. Imirt looks forward to electing its first board in September. Prospective members will be invited to participate in Q&A for the remainder of the meeting.

Committee member Elaine Reynolds of Simteractive expressed enthusiasm for Imirt. "Since I returned to Ireland in 2012, it’s been brilliant to get to know so many people making games here.  The game development community has grown so much even over these past few years. It’s a really supportive, vibrant community with many regular game development events being held around the country. With Imirt, the aim is to give the game development community a unified voice to ultimately help it grow and success in the long run."

The group presently has an FAQ on its site http://www.imirt.ie/faq and has also published the results of a survey it conducted in April to gauge the needs and desires of Irish game developers.