Computer-games company Electronic Arts (EA) is due to create 200 jobs in Galway as it establishes a European customer service and operations centre in the city.
As many as 200 jobs are expected to be created through the major IDA Ireland-supported investment, with the new centre for EA’s BioWare studio due to be fully up and running by 2011.
As well as supporting customers, the new Galway centre will also be involved in developing online games.
The company has begun recruiting for the new Galway centre. For more details, visit www.bioware.com.
Welcoming news of the announcement, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD said: “EA is the global leader in interactive entertainment and a very important addition to the thriving games industry in Ireland.”
“The new Irish location for BioWare will help us get closer to our fans in Europe,” said Dr Ray Muzyka, senior vice-president, EA, and group general manager, BioWare. “Galway gives us the right mix of solid technology infrastructure and international recruitment opportunities as we continue to focus on bringing the highest quality gaming experiences to market.”
“EA joins a vibrant digital-media sector and is a key endorsement of the skills and expertise available in Ireland for this sector,” added Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland.
EA is the maker of popular games including the Mass Effect series, the Left4Dead series, Rock Band, the Need for Speed series and the FIFA series.
Photo: Gameplay from EA’s popular Mass Effect 2 computer game
Article courtesy of Businessandleadership.com