New attempt to map the scale of Ireland’s all-island games industry

6 Jun 2013 is embarking on a major effort to put together an interactive map that includes detailed information on all the key developers and businesses that make up the games industry in Ireland, North and South.

Last year’s study by revealed that employment in the Irish-based video games industry increased 91pc since 2009 to a current estimated total of 3,344 workers and has generated revenues of €2bn since 2001.

At the time the study was unveiled last year it identified 3,344 jobs across 75 companies on the island of Ireland.

Of these, 280 people work in core development, including 41 separate game development teams working across 12 different platforms.

“At the moment the project is a work in progress,” explained Jamie McCormick of

“We have been compiling research annually and what we want to do this time is create an online resource that can be updated in real-time and which will include different layers to the industry such as the college courses available, who are the people with specific skills, what are the shops, the gaming centres and anything that helps organisations like the IDA and the local development community.

“Such a resource could also be useful to organisations like Enterprise Ireland and future investors seeking to identify the key people in the pipeline.”

McCormick said that there has been a significant jump in the number of new companies establishing in the gaming arena in the last six to eight months.

It is envisaged that the interactive map of the games industry in Ireland will be completed by the end of this year.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years