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Wailing Heights Releases on PS4 and XBox One!

The Playstation Blog just announced that Wailing Heights is available NOW on the Playstation Store, with Xbox One release tomorrow!

A body-hopping, musical adventure game, set in with a horrific hamlet of modern monsters.

After being invited to a gig in a town no one’s ever heard of, Frances Finklestein is trapped in a holding cell, charged with the crime of… Being Alive!

A mysterious cellmate teaches you the power of possession – leaving your corpse in the holding cell and “body-hopping” from hipster vampires, to vegan werewolf, to soulful zombie. 

Each creature’s skills and abilities bring you one step closer to getting your body out of lock-up and escaping Wailing Heights.

Wailing Heights is developed by Northern Irish game studio, Outsider Games

 

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Industry News

Vicky Potts from Whitepot Studios wins Rising Star of the Year at Women in Games Awards

Vicky Potts, from Whitepot studios has won the Women in Games 2018, RISING STAR OF THE YEAR – DEVELOPMENT AWARD!

 

 

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2ngaming Joins the NI Game Dev Scene

2ngaming is the latest addition to join the exciting Gaming Industry in NI. Its ambition – only to redefine how users play games on their Mobile devices!

Its founders David Campbell and John Fahy have a long track record of success in building technology and finance businesses around the globe and have decided to setup their latest business 2ngaming here in Belfast. Why ? They want to do something different from the usual suspects in the usual places – David having recently returned to live in NI from China has a unique perspective on how the market for games will develop globally.

“The end users we want to target come from very different cultures and want a very different experience this needs a different way of thinking about Game development” 

John and David believe the current Gaming Experience on mobile devices can be characterized as static, repetitive, boring and counter intuitive – they have developed a specification for a new type of Experience targeting the Gaming/Gambling Industry which has already been prototyped and end user tested with very encouraging results.

2ngaming is the first start-up in this space in Northern Ireland providing a unique opportunity to be truly disruptive within a very lucrative industry.

David attended our recent Games NI community get together and had the following to say

“I loved the diversity of thinking in the room, the willingness to challenge the perceived norms and the warmth of the community towards each other – this is what we want 2ngaming to be about”

John and David are looking to build their core team around two senior developers (one server side, one mobile) who will lead the development of a gaming platform for mobile devices. The technical skills, commitment and passion of these developers will be central to their success and in addition to paying a competitive salary they plan to make the developers that join them part owners of the business to share the success. 

The co-founders already run several successful businesses in the US & UK and they will provide funding, mentorship, contacts and ideas, but are looking to identify the developers who can ultimately lead the technical decision making and the business.
 
Interested in learning more ? 

Drop David a summary of your experience & contact details in confidence at:
david@2ngaming.com

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Misc. News

Enter Yes Announce Publishing Deal with Green Man Gaming for ‘Before the Blood’

Enter Yes’ Before the Blood is an intense 3rd-person urban beat-em-up game in which you punch, kick and knock out rival gang members on your journey to uncover the truth at Hilden Green, London – the place where Micky’s brother, Dean, allegedly took his own life.

Before the Blood will launch onto digital PC platforms in Mid-2018 Green Man Gaming

Pre-order – https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/before-the-blood-pc/

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Misc. News

Irish-made games on sale for St Patrick’s Day!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a taste of the good stuff – games made in Ireland!

 

In honour of the holiday, a highlight of Irish titles are on sale over the 17th March, and throughout the week.

The sale features an eclectic mix of games made by game developers and studios across the island of Ireland, and feature everything you need to enjoy the weekend, from singing Irish werewolves to occult investigations.

A sample of games are feature below, and visit GamesNI.com and IMIRT.ie for an updated list.

 

Notes:

 

Games NI

Games NI is the association of Games Developers and Producers in Northern Ireland. Our mission is to create a collaborative network connecting NI companies and freelancers with other developers and publishers internationally. http://www.gamesni.com/

 

IMIRT

Imirt Irish Game Makers is a Company Limited By Guarantee (CLG) that represents game developers in the Republic of Ireland. We promote, mentor, and improve the game making environment for those developing games here. http://www.imirt.ie/

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Misc. News

2018, New Committee, New Events and More!

Hello everyone! It’s well into 2018 and we’re very excited to be back bringing you a splattering of events, news, opportunities all throughout the year! 

Speaking of which, our first meetup of 2018 will be March 14th, 6pm in Vandal. 

Tickets and more info on the event can be found here!

March Theme:

“Where Money Comes From…”

In a panel led by Kevin Beimers (Italic Pig), starring Donal Phillips (NI Screen), Sophie Hayes (Creative Europe), we’ll be seeking to provide advice on a subject dear to every game developer.

If you leave Vandal without knowing how to fund your game, we’ve done something wrong!

Next, after the AGM on the 9th January, we’re saying goodbye to some old faces and welcoming in the new committee. 

Stephen Downey (Chairperson), Kevin Beamers, Paul Dillon, Thomas Hislop andJames Hunter. You’re more than welcome to come say hi at Vandal!

And finally the last two months saw several notable events.


There was the Global Game Jame 2018 with Farset Labs.

All of the games from this years event in Belfast can be downloaded here


We also had an industry Panel and series of lectures at the UKIE Hub Crawl, In the MAC, with guest speakers Josh Garrity (Sold Out), Sam Collins (UKIE), Alan Moss (Harbottle & Lewis), Donal Phillips (NI Screen) and Neil Parmar (Escape Technologies)


Also a Communicating Game Design workshop with Kevin Beamers. 


…as well as the 2nd NI Game Dev Awards!

Game of the Year: Tubocity
Game Studio of the Year: Italic Pig
Rising Star: Michael O’Kane
Community Award: Kitty Crawford

Big congratulations to everyone who was nominated and huge thanks to Angela McKeown and Peter Chapman for hosting the event with the NI Game Dev Network. 

We’re excited about the year to come. Keep checking back here for news and events about the local game scene and more! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch on mail@gamesni.com or tweet us @Games_NI

-Love from Games NI 

 

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Misc. News

Her Majesty’s Spiffing Releases on Nintendo Switch!

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HM Spiffing, that satirical space and click adventure game from Billy Goat Entertainment has just released on the Nintendo Switch! The store page can be found here. 
 

Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is also available on SteamXbox One and PS4

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Misc. News

Young Game Designers Competition has Opened

Young Game Designers is BAFTA’s games competition for 10-18 year-old aimed at creating opportunity + giving insight into the world of game making, as well as offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers + industry professionals.

They want to see your original, brand new video game idea. If you don’t have any coding skills, have no fear – you can enter the Game Concept Award. If you’re already making + building your own games, enter the Game Making Award.

If you’re chosen as a finalist, you’ll be invited to an awards ceremony at BAFTA HQ in London. Looking to get into the games industry when you leave school? Winners will meet leading games industry figuresget mentorship from professionals actively working in games as well as a host of other amazing prizes from the YGD partners. 

Entries must be received by BAFTA no later than 17:00 on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

More information on the competition as well as applications can be found here

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Mojopin announce March Kickstarter and are seeking UI Designers

Mojopin studios have announced their plans to bring their sports title, All Star Gaelic Football to Kickstarter in March!

As a result they are currently seeking UI Designers for some contract work. 

If you are interesting in the opportunity you can get in touch at careers@mojopinstudios.com 

Further career opportunities with them can also be found here

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Misc. News

Testify Are Hiring!

Testify, the locally based games testing platform are looking for two awesome people to join their Belfast team ASAP.
They are particularly interested in developers who are passionate about games. 

More information on the roles available (Software Engineer (Full Stack), Senior Application Developer) can be found here

For furhter information visit www.gotestify.com/jobs