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Pictured Above: Robocode Winners University of Limerick Patrick Foskin, Oliver Gavin, Johnathon Lloyd and Clem O’Donnell at Games Fleadh 2015 in LIT Thurles. Picture by: Andrew Shakespeare.

UL Crowned Champions at Games Fleadh 2015

Dr Liam Noonan of Games Fleadh poses with Robocode Winners University of Limerick team members Patrick Foskin, Oliver Gavin, Johnathon Lloyd and Clem O’Donnell at Games Fleadh 2015 in LIT Thurles. Picture by: Andrew Shakespeare.

A team from University of Limerick were crowned champions at Games Fleadh 2015 which was held in LIT Thurles last week. The team, comprised of first year Games Design students Patrick Foskin, Oliver Gavin, Johnathon Lloyd and Clem O’Donnell defeated a team from neighbouring LIT to claim the Robocode Championship.

Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development was further highlighted this week when three of the biggest names in the industry participated in the Games Fleadh.


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LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, hosted Ireland’s largest gaming event. Games Fleadh featured 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 also assisted in the judging process for the various undergraduate competitions involving third level students and games developers from all over 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 featured the ‘Direct X’ Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio ‘Endless Runner’ competition, the winners and runners up of which presented their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

For more information on the Games Fleadh, you can check out their website here. You can also follow them on Twitter here, or find them on their Facebook page here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.