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Friday 30 September 2016

Irish Games Industry Timeline goes live

Published 11/06/2015 | 18:07

Atari had a presence in Ireland as far back as the 70s
Atari had a presence in Ireland as far back as the 70s

GameDevelopers.ie have published a new in-depth timeline of the Irish Games Industry.

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Based on research compiled by gamedevelopers.ie member Jamie McCormick, the timeline illustrates the history of multiple aspects of the games industry in Ireland

The timeline, seen here, divides the industry into six tracks:

  • Game & App Development
  • Games Technology/middleware
  • Industry Services
  • Publishing
  • Retail/Consumer Services

While Games may feel like a relatively young industry on these shores, its roots go right back to 1978, when Atari established a manufacturing plant in Tipperary.  

Emerald Software were developing games in Ireland in the late 80s
Emerald Software were developing games in Ireland in the late 80s

Ireland has had a strong reputation for middleware and consumer services for quite a while and it would be easy to believe that the creative development end of the industry has only grown in the last ten years, but as far back as 1987 Emerald Software were making Moonraker, the officially licensed Michael Jackson game. In fact, the timeline is littered with development companies that set about building games long before the big names like Popcap set up shop in Ireland.

The timeline is a bittersweet journey through the industry, with many of the companies, such as the aforementioned Popcap, no longer operating in these parts. With development studios in the country heading into triple figures, the timeline is set to look brighter in the future.

Gamedevelopers.ie are looking to crowd source information to flesh out the information. Whether you have old photos or were an employee with the inside story, you can make contact here and get involved.

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