State of Play: Independent Game Developers

State of Play is taking place in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at our Aungier Street campus on Friday 30th November.  This event aims to gather together the major players on the Indie Games scene to showcase what they’ve been getting up to over the past year.  There will be over 30 independent Irish Game Developers present, demonstrating and speaking, including some DIT graduates of the MSc in Digital Games and BSc in Computer Science programmes.

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The event is open to the public and further details can be found at www.stateofplay.ie.  A live video stream is also planned and can can be accessed from all desktop, mobile and smart devices from 18:00 on the night.

This event is organized by students and staff on the MSc in Creative Digital Media and the BSc in Computer Game Development, including Hugh McAtamney, Head of Digital Media in the DIT School of Media.  Explaining the background to State of Play, McAtamney says:

“The ‘indie games’ scene is comparable to the independent movie industry in that they are developed independent of mainstream financial backing or funding. Indie Game development normally involves small teams of designers, developers and creatives working on niche projects for a specific type of gamer.

Often, due to the lack of formal budgetary and time constraints the focus of indie gamers is on innovation and creativity leading to the production of expressive, artistic games that can quickly acquire cult status. Oftentimes studios will make use of crowd sourcing to fund their projects which adds a layer of connection between the developers ad their users not normally present in mainstream gaming.

Indie Games studios rely predominantly on digital distribution and promotion of their work through social media and forums. The community tends to be quite concentrated with a fairly loyal fan base, however with the recent explosion of mobile technology Indie Games appear to have found footing in the mainstream market of casual gamers.

Ireland has a stockpile of talented developers and designers eager to dive into the world of game design. It is hoped that Dublin will become a hotspot for Indie Game development in the same way as Seattle, Vancouver, France and Scotland have in previous years.”

State of Play takes place on Friday 30th November, 6 – 9 pm, DIT Aungier Street campus.  The event is open to the public – for more details on the presenters, the topics and the times, see www.stateofplay.ie

 

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