Limerick Institute of Technology run Games Fleadh to showcase best designers

Jess Casey

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LIT president Vincent Cunnane, students Brian Ryan, Sean Horgan, and Joe O’Regan, Dr Liam Noonan, LIT and Paschal Meehan, Dean of Work-based Learning, launch the fleadh

LIT president Vincent Cunnane, students Brian Ryan, Sean Horgan, and Joe O’Regan, Dr Liam Noonan, LIT and Paschal Meehan, Dean of Work-based Learning, launch the fleadh

NOW in its 15th year, Games Fleadh at the Limerick Institute of Technology has welcomed the introduction of Computer Science to the Leaving Certificate. 

The annual event aims to bring student game developers together with the biggest names in the industry.

From September, students at 40 schools nationwide will have the option to study Computer Science for their Leaving Cert. 

Designing and building computer games at Games Fleadh 2018 will be a huge benefit to the first Leaving Cert students of the subject, according to organiser, and game design and development lecturer at LIT Dr Liam Noonan. 

“Games Fleadh continues to be a fantastic networking opportunity for the Irish game development sector and in many ways it is the game development Oscars for our undergraduate students on the Island of Ireland. We believe that it also offers a fantastic networking opportunity for teachers to engage with third level institutions and explore best practice in teaching Computer Science concepts.

 “This year we welcome the addition of the Computer Science subject to the Leaving Certificate, and we believe teachers and their students can utilise game development to assist in mastering the concepts involved in the new subject,” he added.

“The topics being discussed at Games Fleadh 2018 will provide practical insight and advice to students and visitors as they begin a career in an industry where they must learn to adapt and compete.” 

Games Fleadh 2018 is free of charge and open to the public, and is of particular interest to second level students in Limerick with an interest in the games design industry.

The event will also feature competitions such as a Game Studio shoot ‘em up-themed competition and Robocode. Representatives from gaming companies Havok, EA, Romero Games will also be in attendance. Competitors on the day will be also in with a chance to win EA title prizes.

A spokesperson for EA Games said: “Having been involved with LIT Games Fleadh for seven years, EA once again welcomes the opportunity to support game development competitions in Ireland and to work with the various third level institutions to ensure we have talented graduates to avail of the many career opportunities in this sector.

"We look forward to connecting with the many games design and development students from across Ireland at LIT Games Fleadh 2018 and sharing our experiences.”

Games Fleadh 2018 takes place on March 22 at the LIT campus in Thurles. Register online www.gamesfleadh.ie