Whitepot Studios seeks artists/animators
Jul
10
Aug 4

Whitepot Studios seeks artists/animators

Whitepot Studios is looking for talented artists/animators to work with during NI Screen’s Assembler program (and beyond if all goes well), on a 2D game.

The programme runs in 2 stages starting in September - each lasting around 3 months (we have no guarantees of getting onto either stage but want to prepare as best we can).

So, with this in mind, we are looking to be flexible - if you’re a great artist we want to work with you in a way that suits you, be that contract work, part time or full time.

No experience is required, we will be looking at the quality of your previous work/portfolio.

If anyone is interested please send through any information you have, CVs, portfolios, even price lists to hello@whitepotstudios.com.

Assembler Programme returns for 2017
Jul
28
12:30 pm12:30

Assembler Programme returns for 2017

Northern Ireland Screen have announced that the Assembler Programme returns again in 2017. The programme aims to support Northern Ireland based interactive content production companies through early stage game development.

The Assembler Programme is a two stage development process where publishers and distribution partners will be invited to each stage of the process to select projects that they see potential in and to feedback to developers.

At the end of second stage of the development process it is envisaged that one project will be production ready. Northern Ireland Screen, at its sole discretion, may award up to £100,000 production funding in 2018-19 to a project that has successfully completed Stages 1 – 2 of the Assembler programme.

The key aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare game development teams for the process of getting early stage concepts into production;
  • Develop games that are player centric, aligned to market opportunities and are commercially viable
  • Increase the number of interactive content projects produced within Northern Ireland that show the potential to succeed in the global marketplace;
  • Support a sustainable screen industry in Northern Ireland.

All applications including supporting documentation for Stage 1 must be received by Friday 28th July 2017.
At the end of second stage of the

Click here for further details and how to apply to the Assembler Programme.

Nerve Belfast Animation Summer School
Jul
31
Aug 4

Nerve Belfast Animation Summer School

Nerve Belfast will be running an Animation Summer school from 31st July – 4th August 2017 in Belfast.

Over the five-day programme you will learn the latest in stop-motion animation practice and 2D animation using Photoshop and After Effects.  The Summer School will include sessions on story devising, stop-motion animation techniques and the principles of animation led by Joel Simon.

Joel Simon’s background is in animated TV production, over the years, he has created animations for CBBC, Comic Relief and Sesame Street amongst others. His short film Macropolis won 17 international festival awards.  Joel has been working as a professional animator and animation workshop facilitator for 19 years and founded Flickerpix Animation Studios.  His master classes are based on real industry experience and include Stop motion animation, 2D animation, storyboarding, character creation and stop motion workshops.

Joel regularly conducts animation workshops for many different organisations including Cinemagic, Belfast City Council and the Crescent Arts Centre and we are delighted to be able to offer aspiring young animators this exciting opportunity to gain real industry experience.

His workshops concentrate on the key principles of good character animation.

The Animation Sumer School is open to those who are:

  • Aged 15-19
  • Able to commit to the whole week – 10am-4pm on the 31st July – 4th August
  • As excited as we are about making, watching and talking about animation!

Closing date for applications is 30th June 2017

For further details on how to apply visit the Nerve Belfast website.


Game Designers required
Jul
13
3:30 pm15:30

Game Designers required

Moco Money has a background in Teaching and Design, but not Game design.  We are looking feedback through a focus group on Game ideas and hope to glean some sparks of genius from super game designers and developers in the community of Northern Ireland. 

The Product - A parent monitored pocket money App / digital wallet.  This makes life easier for busy parents, but to make it really engaging for kids -  it has to be FUN.  We hope to runa session in the next few weeks, so if you’d be interested in meeting up one, food and drink to help the creative process is a given.

Location: Belfast.  Date and Venue: TBC

Email us for more information at judith@mocomoney.com

Game Development Seminar
Jun
26
9:30 am09:30

Game Development Seminar

Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a development seminar that will shine a light on the creative, technical and business aspects of game development. The seminar takes place on Monday 26 June at The Mac, Belfast and will consist of a series of talks in the morning and attendees will have the opportunity to register to participate in round table discussions with the speakers in the afternoon.

Schedule

9:30 to 10am Registration

10:00 to 10:15 – Intro

10:15 to 10:45 – Christopher Floyd – Indies workshop & Indie Mega Booth – Building Communities

10:45 to 11:15 – Jo Haslam – Snap Finger Click –  How to Design Effectively for Social & Couch Multiplayer Games

11:15 to 11:30 –  Break

11:30 to12:00 – Ben Andac – Sony Strategic Content – Working with Platform Holders

12:00 to 12:30 –  Elizabeth LaPensee – MSU  – Game Mechanics as Cultural Expression

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Round table slot 1

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Roundtable Slot 2

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  Roundtable Slot 3

5:00pm – Networking TBC

Who should attend?

Game producers, studio heads and developers looking to take their content to market to find partners and promote their projects.

Students studying game development or animation may also find these sessions useful.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, please RSVP early to avoid disappointment. Click here to register now and secure your place.

Please let us know if you have any access or communication needs, prior to attending this event and we will be happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that we can make to assist you.

For further information please contact Donal@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

3D character artists and riggers needed
Jun
14
7:30 pm19:30

3D character artists and riggers needed

Missing Piece Studios are looking for 3D Character Artists & Riggers to work with them on an upcoming project on a freelance basis.

MAIN ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Comfortable at all stages of game development, from concept through pre-production to production in order to work with the Project lead to create 3D Assets based on concept art.
- Generate STI files and assist in preparing 3D Assets for print.
- Contribute to the set-up of suitable pipelines and workflows, including prototyping to test and drive quality.
- Be able to work under your own initiative and to a strict deadline

ARTISTIC COMPETENCIES:
- Accomplished at all aspects of Character creation, including sculpting, modelling, surfacing, texturing, rigging with decent drawing skills and a good artistic eye for detail, colour, value, tone, silhouette, etc.
- Comfortable working in a variety of art styles.
- Able to contribute to the stylistic development of the 3D Character elements

This role would be suitable for freelancers or those already in full-time industry employment, both will be considered.

If you would like to be considered for the role please email your CV as well as a detailed portfolio to: samuel@missingpiecestudios.co.uk

DEADLINE: 14TH JUNE

Games NI Meetup June
Jun
14
6:00 pm18:00

Games NI Meetup June

You're welcome to Games NI June meetup on Wednesday 14th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome. 

N.B. VENUE CHANGE! This event will now be held at Vandal in Belfast, 3 Winecellar Entry, Belfast BT1 1QN

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - Special guest John Bustard, Queens University lecturer, talking about being previously a programmer on game Heavenly Sword with Ninja Theory, and how he got into AAA companies.

7PM - Food & Drinks

Game Dev Hangouts
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Game Dev Hangouts

The next event for Game Dev Hangouts is 19th April @ 7pm Farset Labs. Will be showing Game of Thrones Season VI, VR Session and there will Beer & Cider. Hope to see you all there next month. 

More information at the Facebook event page.

Games NI Meetup April
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

Games NI Meetup April

You're welcome to Games NI April Meetup on Wednesday 12th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome.

Location: 112 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2GX, UK - StartPlanet NI

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - We're joined by Stephen Downey from Outsider Games talking about setting up a business and getting into the industry

7PM - Pizza & Drinks

Special thanks go to StartPlanetNI for sponsoring the venue, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen

Game Dev Hangouts
Mar
1
7:00 pm19:00

Game Dev Hangouts

First meet up for Game Dev Hangouts on Wednesday 1st March at Farset Labs. £3 Entry

This group get together once a month in Farset Labs to work on Game Develop skills. If you are a 3D/2D Artist, Music Composer, Programmer, even if your not any of those and just love being creative or just want to come down to play games! Everyone is welcome to get involved and express our love for games.

More information at the Facebook event page.

Tranzfuser 2017 launches
Feb
27
11:30 am11:30

Tranzfuser 2017 launches

Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

Successful applicants will be awarded a £5,000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September 2017, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.

Please see Northern Ireland Screens website for more information

UKIE Brexit Roundtable
Feb
23
11:00 am11:00

UKIE Brexit Roundtable

UKIE will be holding a Brexit Roundtable in Belfast on Thursday 23rd February. We want to hear from game businesses about their post-referendum concerns and examine opportunities for providing more support for the sector.

Please get tickets using the link below:

Tickets to UKIE Brexit Roundtable

This roundtable is designed for games developers and publishers.

Games NI Meetup Feb
Feb
15
6:00 pm18:00

Games NI Meetup Feb

GamesNI is happy to announce our second GamesNI Meetup on February 15th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we'll be getting together, listening to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome. 

Visit the event page to get tickets

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

7PM - Just in time for Valentines week, Italic Pig sets the mood with Kevin's talk 'Pitching, Pick Up Lines and Polyamorous Marriages'; a shortened version of his talk from Unity 2016 conf on Publisher relationships

7.30PM - Pizza

Special thanks go to StartPlanetNI for sponsoring the venue, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.

NI Game Awards 2017
Jan
28
Jan 29

NI Game Awards 2017

The NI Game Awards are set to take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 with an awards evening organised at The Space in QUB SU, Belfast.

The Awards aim to recognise the Northern Ireland gaming industry and the achievements of NI developers over the past 12 months. 

You can nominate a Northern Ireland game or developer for an award before Friday 20th January in the following categories:

NI Game of the Year 2016
NI Game Studio of the Year 201
NI Rising Star 2016 (most promising new game developer)
NI Game Dev Network Community Award 2016 (most active community contributor)

To submit a nomination or to find further information on the event itself, click here.

Winners will be announced on the evening of the event. Click here to purchase tickets to attend the event.

In conjunction with Immersive Tech NI the evening also celebrates the NI Game Dev Network’s 4th Birthday with Northern Ireland’s biggest ever multiplayer Vive event, and DJ Stealthii providing tunes at the afterparty. Limited tickets are still available here. 

2017 Global Game jam
Jan
20
Jan 22

2017 Global Game jam

Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2017, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend. With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

For more information, please visit Farset Labs Meet up page.

IGDA Foundation Next Gen Leaders Program
Jan
8
10:00 am10:00

IGDA Foundation Next Gen Leaders Program

Focused on improving the inclusivity of game development by addressing the retention of under-represented minorities in the industry, the IGDA Foundation Next Gen Leaders program includes a GDC pass and travel stipend, two days of workshops and special events specifically designed to help the participants stay in the games industry, an individual mentor, post-GDC discussions, and ongoing networking. The program, which is open to developers with 3-10 years of experience and who identify as an under-represented minority, is designed to provide a range of knowledge, experience, and tools to keep the participants in the industry. Applications are open through January 8, 2017.

For more information please check out the IGDA Foundation website

BLUG Talk Night : Open Inroads
Dec
13
6:30 pm18:30

BLUG Talk Night : Open Inroads

Belfast Linux User Group will be meeting on Tuesday 13th December at Farset Labs. Amongst talks from Columb Duffy and Phil Weir on open source technology, Mal Duffin will also be talking about Blender for 3D Game Development. 

Places will be limited by catering, so please RSVP only if keen to attend. Free Jamaican buffet, alcoholic punch and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

For more information, please visit the BLUG Meet Up group.

Multiple vacancies at Cupboard Games
Nov
14
Dec 9

Multiple vacancies at Cupboard Games

Cupboard Games is looking for passionate freelancers to work on our mind altering project for PC. Literally, the game allows you to create new senses – hear colours, see through walls, navigate via electromagnetism – you get the idea.

We see a lot of opportunities for novel creative approaches to both the visual and aural aesthetics of the world and we are looking for collaborators to help realise this unique concept, primarily with regards to the following roles:

- Concept Artist

- 3D Artist

- Sound Design

Freelancer must be based in Northern Ireland. We welcome diversity and strongly encourage people outside of games to consider applying too. Cupboard Games was assembled from varied backgrounds and we believe diverse teams create the most interesting experiences.

We're keen to explore what can be done with this exciting young medium, particularly in relation to interactive narratives, experimental gameplay and new play experiences.

If any of this sounds appealing to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

All enquires to Tony@cupboardgames.com

Playing with Energy
Nov
10
10:30 am10:30

Playing with Energy

Location: Belfast School of Arts Room BA-00-008
Date: 10 November 2016
Time: 10:30 - 12:30

This event will showcase design and academic work from a range of disciplines, underpinned by social science and the humanities, to develop ways in which digital games and play could be used to combat climate change and promote more responsible energy consumption by the public.

Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be provided.

For more information check out the event page

GamesNI Meetup
Nov
8
6:00 pm18:00

GamesNI Meetup

GamesNI is happy to announce our first GamesNI Meetup on November 8th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we'll be getting together, listening to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some beers and pizza. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome. 

Visit the event page to get tickets

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

7PM - Talks from Troll Inc and Coffee Box Games giving an overview of what it's like running a game development company in Northern Ireland

7.30PM - Beers and Pizza

Special thanks go to StartPlanetNI for sponsoring the venue, and Testify for food and drink.

Immersive Tech NI VR Hackathon
Nov
4
Nov 5

Immersive Tech NI VR Hackathon

Immersive Tech NI is holding a Hackathon and Launch Party designed to bring together the most creative minds in Northern Ireland as a community to explore and expand the possibilities created by immersive technologies, including virtual and augmented reality.

The Hackathon will take place on Saturday 5th November with free tickets that will also give you access to the Launch Party on Friday 4th November, as well as an optional training workshop held prior to the launch event.

More information on their Event Brite page.

Northern Ireland Screen's Gaming Programmers scheme
Nov
4
11:00 am11:00

Northern Ireland Screen's Gaming Programmers scheme

Northern Ireland Screen is seeking applications from programmers for its skills development scheme, Gaming Programmers 2016. Gaming Programmers 2016 is a paid placement scheme (minimum wage) which will run from December 2016 – 30 November 2017.

Participants will gain experience with a local Game Development company on Northern Ireland Screen funded projects. The programme will provide a training opportunity for two people. The successful candidates will have an opportunity to enjoy the dynamic and changing reality of game development.

For full information including guidelines and application form, please click here.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon Friday 4th November 2016

Media Grant 2016
Nov
4
11:00 am11:00

Media Grant 2016

The Media Grant 2016 run by the Community Relations Council is now open for applications and is available to support of a range of media projects.

Digital content projects, infographics, television, radio, video and podcasts will be supported. The scheme is primarily for the creation of new material but may include the diversification of existing resources to increase their use with appropriate audiences.

More information and application forms are available from the Community Relations Council website.

Donkey Crew seeks Senior Programmer
Sep
21
Oct 21

Donkey Crew seeks Senior Programmer

Donkey Crew is seeking senior programmers with a passion for game development who can help with everything from GUI, engine coding, 3D, shaders, web development and integration, procedural systems and QA.

Essential criteria

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Availability to work occasionally on weekends and unsociable hours dependent on project requirements
  • General knowledge of how modern games are made - being a gamer is very crucial for this

Optional Criteria

  • Knowledge of C# or C++
  • Strong maths or physics background

Applicants should send a cover letter & CV to Florian Hofreither. For more information check out Northern Ireland Screens job page.

 

R&D Tax event with Jumpstart
Sep
7
12:30 pm12:30

R&D Tax event with Jumpstart

R&D tax experts Jumpstart, in partnership with Games NI, are hold an event on how innovative companies in the games industries can get maximum benefit from R&D tax relief schemes.

This event has been designed to show you how taking a technical approach to your claim could significantly increase the value of your benefit from the scheme.

12.30 – 2.00pm. Lunch will be served.

RSVP : mail@gamesni.com to reserve a space