Game on as World Cyber Games begin in Dublin

23 Jul 2007

The details of the Irish finals of the World Cyber Games were unveiled today at The Digital Hub by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan TD.

Over 100 gamers from throughout Ireland will compete in the Irish finals, which will take place on 15 and 16 September at The Digital Hub in Dublin’s Liberties district.

“We will stage four regional heats this year and the best players will come together at September’s event,” explained Philip Flynn, chief executive of the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA).

“They will compete for the honour of representing Ireland at the grand final World Cyber Games which will take place in Seattle in October.”

According to Flynn, the World Cyber Games are particularly important to The Digital Hub because of DHDA’s focus on developing Ireland’s digital media sector.

“The games industry is hugely important to the digital media sector. There are now over 80 companies operating from The Digital Hub, including a number of major game studios.

Flynn said the recent announcement by Trinity College Dublin that it will be offering a new Masters degree in video gaming is proof of the growing importance of this new 21st Century industry sector.

“Trinity’s new course focuses on the science and technology behind the games industry and will help to ensure a highly skilled workforce for games companies such as those located in The Digital Hub.”

By Joe Griffin