Press Release 25 Jul 2012

Dublin, IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, of the establishment of an industry-led group, tasked with driving the development of the fast-growing digital games sector in Ireland. The Clustering Development Team for the Games Sector, chaired by Paul Breslin of Popcap, with internet entrepreneur Dylan Collins as vice-chair, is holding its first meeting today.

The group will be tasked with driving the implementation of recommendations made in the October 2011 Forfas report on the Games Sector in Ireland which targeted additional jobs in the sector by the end of 2014.

The report, commissioned by Government, highlighted the potential of the electronic games sector and identified issues fundamental to its future success and competitiveness. One of the Forfás recommendations was the establishment of an industry-led group to drive implementation of measures necessary to achieve the potential of the sector. 

Welcoming the formation of the Group, Emmanuel Dowdall, Head of the IDA division charged with driving digital media said: ‘Digital Games are one of IDA Ireland’s fastest growing areas; the scale of growth in the games industry has been phenomenal with a 400% growth in employment since 2002. The formation of this group will work to further drive this growth.’

‘IDA client companies in this sector come to Ireland for a number of reasons including skills availability, track record and technology capability; it is for these reasons that companies including ActivisionBlizzard, Big Fish, Riot Games, Zenimax, Popcap and GameStop operate significant operations out of Ireland and now, with the establishment of this group, which will focus on the creation of additional jobs in this sector, the uplift of this sector in Ireland will continue into the future.’

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Antoinette Tyrrell, Press Office, Tel: +353 (0) 1 6034256

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