Games Fleadh returns to LIT on 11 March

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Pictured: Students of LIT’s Game Design and Development degree course pictured at LIT Thurles

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19 February 2015 | 0

Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will gather at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus in Thurles next month to participate in Games Fleadh 2015, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

LIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, has announced it will host Ireland’s largest gaming event on Wednesday 11 March.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th Games Fleadh will feature the Direct X Endless Runner challenge and Robocode.

The Romeros have more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, worked on over 150 titles (including Doom and Quake), have garnered dozens of awards and founded nine game companies between them.

For Games Fleadh, the husband and wife team have set a challenge based on the theme ‘Endless Runner’, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to them and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee

Games Fleadh will also feature a talk by Bryan Neider, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Electronic Arts (EA) labels, which are collectively responsible for producing the bestselling FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL series.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector,” said Dr Liam Noonan, lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree. “In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry.”

Games Fleadh 2015 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at www.gamesfleadh.ie.

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