In the latest of a recent long line of boosts for the Republic’s technology industry, Games Ireland have launched a new incubator that will provide hotdesks for as many as 30 companies. Known as GameSpace, the incubator was announced at the recent Games Ireland Gathering (GIG) get together which was run in association with Microsoft and had over 500 attendees.
The games industry in Ireland is burgeoning impressively thanks to attractive business grants and tax cuts for the sector, as well as a delay in other European countries moving to imitate this. GameSpace then is a further attempt at increasing central development locations and improving communication and mutual support amongst companies that have the potential for mutual gains.
Anchor game companies will also be given individual offices; however Games Ireland’s long term goal is to establish a “larger premises for all anchor start-up companies”. At the same time, they are hoping to create an accelerator programme – known as GamePad - to fast track the youngest of start-up gaming companies to progress then into GameSpace.
Games Ireland is at the centre of that rarest of things in the Irish economy; a growing market sector. Even more impressively, a growing market sector in times of serious recession. The new hub is likely the beginning of an increasingly centralised and ever more productive and connected industry that seems to be going from strength to strength. Levelling up, one might say.