Tuesday 17 October 2017

Game on for Irish developers as market hits €1m

Onikira: Demon Killer is one of the popular Irish titles featuring on global sites such as Steam
Onikira: Demon Killer is one of the popular Irish titles featuring on global sites such as Steam

Sean Duffy

The value of Irish- produced video games surpassed €1m for the first time last year.

The past two years have been "breakthrough years" for the gaming industry in Ireland, according to Jamie McCormick, an expert on the sector here.

A steady stream of Irish titles has been released in indie stores, on global gaming catalogue Steam as well as the PlayStation store and for its Xbox rival, Mr McCormick said.

Titles such as 'Guild of Dungeoneering, 'Frank'n'John' and 'Onikira: Demon Killer', have been some of the most popular Irish games with an increasing number of mobile apps also gaining traction among gaming aficionados.

While games made in Ireland are rising in popularity, they still represent just a tiny fraction (0.5pc) of the overall market in the country which is worth in excess of €240m annually.

However, that figure looks set to grow again in 2017.

Digit, SixMinute, Romero Games and Gambrinous are some of the companies developing independent games across of the country that will be seeking to establish a greater foothold in the Irish market in the year ahead.

Irish games are at the cheaper end of the spectrum, with typical values ranging from €1 to €15. The majority of companies making games in the country are in Dublin.

A new event in the capital that brings together games developers with different skillsets is to be launched next week.

The event takes place in Dublin's Liquor Rooms next Tuesday at 7pm.

Irish Independent

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