Irish Game Makers Association Imirt announces €46k in scholarships
Imirt, an association representing Irish game makers, have announced €46,150 worth of 'tuition scholarships' for 25 members.
The scholarships, in partnership with the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and UMB Tech, will include an all-access pass to GDC, worth €1845.
GDC, taking place in San Francisco each March, attracts approximately 30,000 attendees and has an industry rather than consumer focus.
“GDC is the single-most important event of the year for the game industry,” said Brenda Romero, chairperson of Imirt. “By providing these scholarships, we not only increase the Irish presence at the show, but increase the knowledge base within the country as well. We’re grateful to GDC for making this possible.” Romero also serves on the GDC Game Design Advisory Board
The all-access pass includes two days of tutorials and summits, on top of full access to the main conference. Winners of the scholarship will also be invited to take part in a number of Imirt events before, during and after GDC. Even with the scholarship, attendance is still a significant commitment on the part of the winners, with plane fare, accommodation and board considerable added expenses.
Winners were selected from members of Imirt, based on answers submitted to a review committee composed of Brenda Romero, and fellow award winning game designers Laralyn McWilliams and Llaura NicAodh. Applicants were asked to highlight how they represented the Irish game scene, emphasise diversity in the community and how the experience would be of benefit.
Speaking to independent.ie about the role diversity plays, Romero said: "“GDC has been amazing in terms of increasing not just the diversity of the show but the diversity of the attendees as well. From a show perspective, there’s even an entire track dedicated to advocacy. In providing us the opportunity for these scholarships, we were able to add to the diversity of the show by reaching out to Ireland’s game developers who may not otherwise have attended and strongly encouraging them to apply."
One winner is Dublin-based game designer, Jen Carey. “Since collaboration is such a big part of creative industries, the opportunity to get to know so many amazing people is invaluable,” said Carey. “I'm hoping to learn from everybody there and in turn let them know about the brilliant work done in Ireland by so many talented people."
Imirt represents game makers from all disciplines throughout Ireland, both analog and digital. Membership and further information can be found on their website: imirt.ie
GDC 2016 is running from 14th to the 18th of March in Moscone Convention Center, San Diego - More here: gdconf.com