Games Fleadh 2019 gives students a unique insight into 138.5 billion dollar industry

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President LIT Prof. Vincent Cunnane & Games Fleadh 2019 Organiser Dr Liam Noonan (second from right) attempt to play “I Wanna Be A Shoot ‘Em Up” during Games Fleadh 2018. The game was developed by LIT students Nathan Dunne, Luke O’Brien, Eoghain McGrath and Alexander McAllister. Photo by Alan Place.

Games Fleadh 2019 gives students a unique insight into 138.5 billion dollar industry

Students with ambitions in the gaming industry will get a unique insight into the 138.5 billion dollar industry and access to some of the world’s most successful gaming companies and representative bodies at this year’s national Games Fleadh.

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Pictured at Games Fleadgh 2018 were Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Christian Rafferty, Corey Browne and team mentor Minh Thu Le, Robocode Challenge Champions. Photo by Alan Place

In its 16th year, Ireland’s Games Fleadh will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Campus, Thurles.

Student software developers and game enthusiasts of all levels will come together to participate in this popular one day LIT/Microsoft event.

Games Fleadh 2019 Organiser and Game Design & Development Degree Lecturer at LIT Dr Liam Noonan said, “Games Fleadh showcases the best of the third level game development community. It is also a unique opportunity for third level students to demonstrate their games to industry veterans and gain valuable feedback on their creations.”

In its 16th year, Games Fleadh continues to lead the way in recognising the brightest and best among the country’s student game developers, while also bringing together the collective knowledge of some of the leading names in the gaming industry. 

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LIT Games Fleadh 2018 champions were Rafael Plugge, IT Carlow and Sebastian Kruzel, IT Carlow and Colm Drennan, IADT. Photo by Alan Place

This year’s event is no exception, with representatives from Microsoft, EA, Gambrinous Games gathering at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus in Thurles on Wednesday, March 6th 2019 to lend their support to an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

Games Fleadh 2019, is free of charge and open to the public. It is of particular interest to second level students with an interest in studying Computer Science or a future career in this competitive industry.

Games Fleadh 2019 will also feature competitions such as a Game Studio ‘Platformer’ themed competition and Robocode. Competitors will be in with a chance to win one of the many EA title prizes available.

Speaking at the launch of Games Fleadh 2019, Dr. Noonan added, “The video games market is larger than the music and movie business combined, with revenues of 138.5 Billion dollars for 2018 being reported by Bloomberg. Games Fleadh continues to be a fantastic networking opportunity for the Irish game development sector. We believe that it also offers a fantastic networking opportunity for teachers to engage with third level institutions and explore best practice in teaching coding concepts.”

Games Fleadh will feature a keynote talk by Gambrinous Games as well as talks from leading industry professionals from Microsoft and EA.

Stephanus Meiring, Technical Director – Automation at EA Galway Office, EA Ireland said,  “Having been involved with LIT Games Fleadh for nine years,  EA once again welcomes the opportunity to support game development competitions in Ireland and to work with the various third level institutions to ensure we have talented graduates to avail of the many career opportunities in this sector. With our Galway office continuing to grow its engineering footprint, specifically around quality verification, we look forward to connecting with the many games design and development students from across Ireland at LIT Games Fleadh 2019 and sharing our experiences.”

Games Fleadh 2019 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at www.gamesfleadh.ie

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