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Games Fleadh 2018 manoeuvres around Storm Emma, and collects new sponsor en route to postponed event in LIT, Thurles this Thursday. 


  • Ireland’s 15th Games Fleadh will take place on Thursday March 22, 2018, at the LIT Campus, Thurles.
  • New sponsor – Smyths Toys Superstores – join leading game companies and representative bodies including EA and Romero Games to participate in  LIT/Microsoft event.

Games Fleadh 2018 will take place this Thursday March 22, 2018 at the LIT Campus in Thurles, and it has a new sponsor on board.

In it’s 15th year, the event was postponed by four weeks as Storm Emma threatened the safety and well being of those travelling on the original date.

Interest and support for the event didn’t cool off in the intervening weeks however despite the best efforts of the snow; instead a new sponsor – Smyths Toys Superstores – joined Ireland’s leading gaming event.

Games Fleadh is renowned for recognising the brightest and best among the country’s student game developers, while also bringing together the collective knowledge of some of the leading names in the gaming industry.

Representatives from Microsoft, EA and Romero Games will gather at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) campus in Thurles on Thursday March 22, 2018, to lend their support to an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

Games Fleadh 2018 Organiser, and Game Design & Development degree lecturer at LIT Dr Liam Noonan said that while the free event has proved very popular over the last 14 years, this year there is added interest among students taking up the new Computer Science Leaving Cert subject.

“Designing and building computer games will be of huge benefit to the first students of Ireland’s newest Leaving Cert subject as they can benefit from the tasks involved in making a Computer Game,” he said.

“Games Fleadh also 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.”

Games Fleadh 2018 will also feature competitions such as a Game Studio Shoot ‘Em Up themed competition and Robocode. Competitors will be in with a chance to win one of the many EA title prizes available.

The keynote talk will be presented by EA, with talks by leading industry professionals from Microsoft and Romero Games also taking place throughout the day.

“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,” concluded Dr Noonan.

EA Ireland spokesperson said,  “Having been involved with LIT Games Fleadh for 7 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 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at

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