VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS
RUN FOR THE BORDER
As Brexit looms large on the horizon, the video game industries
of both North and South Ireland
have arranged a playdate. The goal is to break down borders,
on the border.
DUBLIN, BELFAST, 20th November 2018 - ?Run For The Border??
?will kick off at The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Ireland
on 19 January 2019, running from 7pm to 11:30pm.? The
two largest game organisations on the island - ?Games
NI?? from the North, and? Imirt?? from the South - will
bring together over 150 game developers and enthusiasts
for an international cross-border clash of
clans. It is expected that this will be the largest ever
gathering of independent game developers
throughout the island of Ireland.
Dundalk is a bordertown exactly halfway between Dublin
and Belfast. Placing Run For The Border at
the Belfast/Dublin halfway point was a vision of the event
from the beginning. Neither group
wanted it to be a specifically Northern or Southern
event; it was always about meeting in the
Our two communities dont get together nearly
enough, says Kevin Beimers of Northern Irish
game development studio Italic Pig, and events coordinator
for Games NI. We know one another
through social media and occasional visits, and tend
to get together at worldwide events, but rarely
do a Northern developers travel to Southern events,
or vice versa.
There is incredible talent on both sides of the
border, adds Elaine Reynolds, Imirt board member
and CEO of Simteractive in Dublin, Having these
two game dev communities so close to each
other, yet rarely actively interacting, is something
that definitely needs to change.
Of course, the central location means that both sides
need to travel to attend. Fortunately, an ideal
supporter has stepped in to help. To open the border
to higher attendance and as much
cross-border collaboration as possible, the event will
be receiving generous support from the Creative Europe
Desks?? of both ?Ireland?? and ?UK??, in the form of
two 50-seater coaches, bringing eager developers to
and from Belfast and Dublin city centres on the day
of the event.
The Creative Europe Desks Ireland and UK (Northern
Ireland) are delighted to support Run for the
Border, adds Orla Clancy (Ireland) and Sophie
Hayles (UK/NI). Games companies North and South
have successfully accessed the Creative Europe Video
Games scheme, and were really pleased to
be working together to enable a meet up that sees the
sectors coming together. Particularly with
the uncertainty around Brexit, its a pleasure
to work with the spirit of creativity, cooperation and
collaboration shown by GamesNI and Imirt.
Run for the Border is primarily a social event but there
will also be some talks and networking. The
invitation boasts a friendly event designed to
meet new people, form cross-border collaborations, eat
food, drink drink, listen to sage advice from local
geniuses, play with each others toys
few surprises thrown in. Tickets are selling fast
so anyone interested in attending should move
Tickets for the event are available on:
Games NI Eventbrite (from Belfast):
Imirt Eventbrite (from Dublin):
Press Contacts: Games NI:?? ?email@example.com Imirt:??
About Games NI http://www.gamesni.com
Games NI is the association of Games Developers and
Producers in Northern Ireland. We welcome members across
all areas of game development, from artists and programmers
to writers, designers and audio engineers.
Our mission is to create a collaborative network connecting
NI companies and freelancers with other developers and
We assist with training and education for the next generation
of developers, working closely with university and educational
bodies, creating opportunities to become part of the
growing games industry in Northern Ireland.
Games NI aims to do the following for the Northern Ireland
? Promote games made in Northern Ireland. ? Encourage
sharing and aid collaboration for development and local
events. ? Support educational and public bodies to develop
resources and training for industry needs.
? Curate a resource map for all Northern Irish talent.
About Imirt http://www.imirt.ie
Imirt is the organisation representing game developers
in Ireland. We represent game makers from all disciplines
in Ireland, both analog and digital. The Irish game
industry is thriving, passionate and driven and is comprised
of everyone from award-winning freelance game makers
to massive multi-national companies like Demonware,
Blizzard, Activision, Bethesda and Zynga. The goal of
Imirt is to increase awareness of Irelands game
makers on the national and international stage while
providing opportunities for networking, community growth
About Creative Europe Desk UK http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/
Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding
of Creative Europe, and provides free advice and support
for applicants from the UK. The UK Desk is a partnership
led by the British Council and the British Film Institute
in partnership with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland
and Welsh Government. The Creative Europe Desk UK -
Northern Ireland is based in the Belfast office of the
About Creative Europe Desk Ireland https://www.creativeeuropeireland.eu/culture
Creative Europe Desk Ireland supports the culture sector
to work across Europe, to reach new audiences, to safeguard
cultural and linguistic diversity and to develop skills
needed in the digital age.
About Creative Europe Creative Europe is the European
Union's programme to support the cultural, creative
and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46
billion is available to support European projects with
the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage
skill sharing and development.