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Play Diaries Reports on Run For The Border

For those that couldn’t quite make it to Run For The Border in January this year, Johnny Cullen of Play Diaries has an article and podcast up talking to developers at the event and providing key context to the political ramifications for game development on the island as Brexit officially begins.

Run for the Border is an event in January of each year where folks from North and South of Ireland come together at the halfway point between Belfast and Dublin: Dundalk, for a much needed catchup. Coaches provided by Creative Europe leave from the two cities and meet up in Spirit Store in Dundalk. There are informative talks and plenty of food and drink, but most importantly the craic is mighty!

Despite the closeness of these communities (being just up/down the road from each other) there’s a dearth of formal opportunities to come together outside of GDC and Gamescom. 

Johnny went from Derry to Belfast to Dundalk interviewing developers from Italic Pig and Whitepot Studios about their successes in capturing the hearts of players all over the world and about the community forming between developers from North and South. But a spectre looms over proceedings as Brexit potentially threatens this camaraderie in the room. 

You can catch the podcast on Youtube above or you can listen to more Press Play podcasts on Apple or Spotify. You can also support Play Diaries on their patreon here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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NI VIDEO GAME STUDIO WINS BIG AT GLOBAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Congratulations to Belfast-based game development studio Italic Pig, which has won a top-prize at this year’s inaugural Big Indie Awards in Shenzhen, China for its project Mona Lisa.

The awards ceremony provides an opportunity for indie developers to achieve global recognition as well as cash and promotional prizes of up to $25K.

Mona Lisa is a stealth and forgery adventure that sees Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous creation brought to life as Renaissance Italy’s greatest art thief.  The project received funding from Northern Ireland Screen with support from Invest NI.

Kevin Beimers, Writer and Director at Italic Pig, travelled to Shenzhen to accept the award last week. The history of Kevin’s win began earlier this year when he won the Very Big Indie Pitch in London at the PocketGamer Connects conference in January 2017.

From there, Kevin was invited to submit Mona Lisa to the Big Indie Awards in China. The selection process was worldwide with over 300 indie companies submitting entries. From the selection process, three companies were invited to China to present their games and provide a final pitch to the judges, with Mona Lisa coming out on top.

Kevin said of the process, “We are thrilled to have won at the Big Indie Pitch Awards for Mona Lisa and to be recognised for all our hard work over the past number of years. This project has been a real team effort from everyone at Italic Pig and I am so proud of the end result.

“It was also a fantastic experience to travel to China and represent the Northern Ireland gaming industry to a global audience. While the industry in Northern Ireland may be considered relatively young, there is no denying the abundance of talent that we have available here.

Commenting on the prospect of working within the Chinese gaming industry, Kevin said: “Chinese publishers are keen to consume Western content, while also seeking to export their own projects back to us. There are numerous opportunities for us to work together in the future and I am excited at the prospect of exploring these relationships.”

To find out more information on Mona Lisa, visit the Italic Pig website: 

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One of the Last released on Steam

Local company Deep Voodoo Gaming have released their VR zombie shooter experience One Of The Last on Vive. 

‘Surviving is more than just head-shots.. Inspired by “COD Zombies” & “L4D” – Explore extensive maps, move freely, join multi-player madness (team work req!), unlocking new areas, grab perks, drink soda-can power-ups, wall-buy weapons, solve ancient puzzles, build barriers, make crawlers and more!’

You can download the game on steam now.
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