PRN: Major Investment in International Games Startup for Ireland
Major Investment in International Games Startup for Ireland
DUBLIN, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Digit to create largest indie games studio in Ireland
Digit Game Studios has acquired significant funding from Irish investors to establish a major independent games studio in Ireland. The management team has held senior positions in EA, Atari, Jagex, Popcap and Jolt/Gamestop.
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"We chose Dublin because of the ability to access best in class talent, the great support from Enterprise Ireland and the general buzz around the cities startup scene. We hope to hire locally and to attract some top class people from around the games world", said Richard Barnwell, CEO of Digit.
"TheÂ arrival of Digit Games, with its talented team, innovative backers and theÂ exciting market that they will address, demonstrates that Social, Locational and Mobile (SoLoMo) is the main driver of the IrishÂ games scene," David Sweeney, Games Ireland.
Greg Treston, Enterprise Ireland said:Â 'Digit Game Studios is a highly innovative young Irish company which will rapidly make a name for itself in the games sector.Â Â This is a hugely positive development for start ups in the games sector."
"The creation of original IP in the country by such a team of talented developers will lead to some very exciting opportunities in this sector. The International Digital Services Centre (IDSC) will provide the necessary services and act as a platform for companies like Digit alongside the multinationals who have also located their IP and European HQ'sÂ here."
Neil Leyden of the International Digital Services Centre.
About Digit GamingFounders
CEO Richard Barnwell was most recently CEO of Jolt Online Gaming and an Advisor to GameStop (NYSE:GME) Prior to that he was CEO of secureVirtual (Cloud hosting platform in London) and part of the original management team at Jagex
CMO Martin Frain was most recently Marketing Director at Stan James.
He was Marketing and Biz Dev Director at Atari, Global Marketing Director at EA, Marketing at Radica and Marketing Manager at Hasbro
Art Director Fergus Duggan worked at Jolt Online Gaming, Monumental Games, Swordfish Studios and at Circle Studio.
David McGovern was Head of Studio at Jolt Online Gaming and was previously Mobile QA Lead at Popcap.
An experienced team in developing and launching games:
MMOs: Runescape, Star Trek Online
AAA console :Tomb Raider, Colin McRae, Mirrors Edge
Online : Battlefield Heroes, Championship Manager Rivals
Mobile : Bejewelled, Chuzzle
Company Codes: NYSE:GME