Interested in a career in the gaming industry? Or keen to find out the best educational avenue to secure a role in the sector?
GamerFest, Ireland’s biggest gaming and esports festival, is taking place at the RDS this May 27th and 28th and will feature a new Industry Zone which will provide visitors with the opportunity to truly explore the incredible educational and career opportunities within the domestic and international gaming sectors.
Now one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, the gaming industry is expected to be worth US $321bn by 2026, according to PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2022-26. As Ireland has continued to grow its gaming industry during the past decade, the country is now in pole position to leverage the gaming industry for continued economic growth and job creation.
A host of companies have announced significant expansion plans for Ireland in recent years. This includes co-development games studio and GamerFest exhibitor Black Shamrock, who are currently adding 80 jobs in Dublin to bring its total headcount to 200 by the end of 2023.
Over 5,000+ gamers will gather in person at the event, alongside partners including 2K Games, Vela Games, Fierce Fun Games, LERO Esports Lab and Trust Gaming. In addition to Black Shamrock Studio, Pulse College will also be on hand to offer a host of educational advice as well as top tips to those looking to pursue a career in the gaming industry.
Operating for over three decades, Pulse College has received international recognition for both its vocational and practice-driven academic courses in Audio, Music, Film, Gaming and Animation.
Other brands confirmed for GamerFest include eir, Club Loaded Energy, Currys, GG Machines, Mooju and Official Car Partner Cupra.
GamerFest CEO Stuart Dempsey says:
“Over the last number of years, we have seen the Irish gaming industry go from strength to strength with the creation of new jobs and the establishment of a number of game development studios. We have created the Industry Zone ahead of this year’s event to provide advice and guidance for those looking to study or pursue a career in the gaming industry. From video game design and production to professional gaming, we want gamers to see first-hand the number of career paths available to them in the industry.”
The epic GamerFest weekend promises to be a celebration of all things gaming and will feature the latest gaming releases, VR gaming, esports, gaming challenges and a host of special guests, including top Twitch and YouTube creators and a variety of exciting live stage content. Among those confirmed to attend are Mr Gibbon, Shauna the Sheep, Ryan Mar, Antitinkerbell, The Gara Show, Dylan Garbutt and Aaron the Loco, with more exciting special guest announcements coming soon. Visitors will also have the chance to play a huge range of gaming titles, including the newly released Lego 2K Drive, a Lego-based racing game.
This year, GamerFest has also teamed up with Nativz Collegiate to launch their first-ever Collegiate Challenge, which will see Ireland’s top colleges face off on the GamerFest Esports Stage. Teams from University College Dublin and Technological University Dublin will go head to head on stage in both Valorant and Rocket League matches.
GamerFest has also confirmed a ground-breaking partnership with Williams Esports. Five state-of-the-art Williams Esports sim racing rigs will be available at GamerFest so fans can put their racing skills to the test. In addition to a Fastest Lap Challenge taking place across the weekend, Williams Esports Irish driver Daire McCormack will also be in attendance, meeting the crowd and chatting about his sim racing career to date.
Since its establishment in 2017, GamerFest has established itself as a diverse, community-led gaming event for everyone with a passion for gaming, whether that be casual gaming with friends or those who engage in competitive esports tournaments, game development and design or content creation.
GamerFest takes place at The RDS, Dublin, this May 27th and 28th, with tickets on sale now at GamerFest.ie.