Irish gaming company GameSparks nominated for Develop award

15 May 2014

GameSparks – an Irish start-up that develops gaming platforms for mobile games – has been nominated for the Develop Awards along with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Game developer Jamie ‘The All Spark’ O’ Flanagan said the company will be competing in Develop magazine’s awards with seven other companies in the category of Technical Innovation. Anyone with knowledge of the gaming industry will recognise the other nominees, which include Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s Kinect, Sony’s Project Morpheus and Nvidia’s Nvidia Shield.

GameSparks has so far proven to be one of the most innovative companies of its kind in the gaming industry as a cloud-based platform for games developers to help them build the server-side features of their games and then manage their games as a service post launch. 

The Dublin-based company has received plenty of attention internationally and has recently been included in Develop’s list of 100 companies that are likely to change the computer-game industry in 2014.

Speaking of the the company’s achievement, O’Flanagan said that to be nominated with such major companies is a huge honour.

“Needless to say, we are extremely excited. The fact that we are in the category with some big hitters like Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift, which we are all big fans of here at GameSparks, is a huge honour.

“Being nominated alongside these pioneers and visionaries of the future of games is fantastic but we also feel we fit into this bracket, as well. One day all games will run in the cloud and the GameSparks platform is at the forefront of that.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic