New industry-led group to drive growth in digital games sector – Minister Bruton

25th July, 2012

Minister announces establishment of clustering Development Team to drive creation of 2,500 digital games jobs by end 2014

An industry-led group tasked with driving the development of the fast-growing digital games sector is to hold its first meeting today at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Minister Richard Bruton TD announced today.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has established a Clustering Development Team for the Games Sector, chaired by Paul Breslin of Popcap, with internet entrepreneur Dylan Collins as vice chair. The team also comprises representatives of other leading Irish and multinational games companies based in Ireland, as well as representatives of relevant
Government bodies.

The group will be tasked with driving the implementation of recommendations of the October 2011 Forfas report on the games sector, which targeted the creation of an additional 2,500 jobs in the sector by end 2014.

Today’s announcement represents the delivery of a key measure contained in Action Plan for Jobs 2012.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said:

“A key part of the Government’s plan for growth and employment is targeting sectors where Ireland has the potential to grow large numbers of jobs. These are sectors where, because of companies already located here, because of research being carried out here, because of the talent base we have or for other reasons, we have competitive advantage and therefore
have the capability to attract more multinational companies, grow more indigenous companies, and ultimately create more jobs.

“Digital games is clearly one such sector. Not only do we have a base of ICT companies here which is the envy of many other countries, but we are fast developing an expertise in digital games specifically which can be a foundation for major jobs growth. The games sector here has expanded fivefold since 2004 and now employs approximately 2,500 people here –
and continues to grow worldwide at a rate of 8 per cent annually. A major Government report has targeted the establishment of a further 2,500 jobs by end 2014, and recommended the establishment of an industry-led group to drive implementation of measures necessary to achieve that goal. Today we have delivered on that recommendation.

“The task now is to sustain the momentum we have created in this sector and see through the creation of the jobs we need. I am convinced that, driven by the industry experts who have agreed to serve on this group, that can now become a reality”.