Friday 23 February 2018

Game on: video games could create 2500 jobs in Ireland Reporters

THE games industry could create 2500 jobs in Ireland over the next three years, it was claimed today.

Games Ireland Chief Executive Officer Mr David Sweeney said this could become a reality if the Government's tax system was broadened to be more attractive to the burgeoning industry which would be worth over $80 billion wordline by 2015.

He was speaking as top executives from the sector congregated in Dublin as part of a strategy to make Ireland the top global destination for the games industry.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was today addressing these global leaders from the video game industry and Mr Sweeney said it was a time of exponential growth in the sector with expectation that the sector. But he warned that jurisdictions elsewhere were giving better incentives and Mr Kenny's government would need to respond to that.

"The video game industry is the most dynamic player in today's entertainment industry," claimed Mr Sweeney, who pointed out that it was no longer confined to young people but extended to people of all ages.

"The average age of people using game is now 34," he pointed out. With games on Consoles, the X-Box, Playstations. with Apps on iphones and casual games on line, the industry is now bigger than the audiovisual and music industries, he added.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, he said that this country had a rich reservoir of talent and was ideally placed to become a leading player in Europe.

Mr Stephen Hegarty, Director of European Business Operation at Big Fish Games, said people should now understand that Ireland has a Games industry. "People can go to college and come out with a job.

We're not just looking for artists, but engineering and IT graduates as well." H said it was time that young people should be consider careers in this sector and not be thinking of going abroad to find jobs.

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