Next Generation video game developers to showcase their skills at 21st All Ireland Games Fleadh in TUS Thurles Campus

The 2024 Games Fleadh will also offer unique insights into the €165-billion euro industry to visiting second and third-level students.

Students with ambitions in the gaming industry will get a unique insight into the €165 billion industry and access to some of the world’s most successful gaming companies and representative bodies at this year’s All Ireland Games Fleadh in the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) Thurles Campus on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

In its 21st year, Games Fleadh continues to lead the way in recognising the brightest and best among the country’s university student game developers while also bringing together the collective knowledge of some of the leading names in the gaming industry.

Up to 1,400 students have competed in the competition since its inception, according to the event organiser TUS Software Development and Games Programming Lecturer Dr Liam Noonan.

“As well as being a hotly contested competition, Games Fleadh is a unique opportunity for third-level students to demonstrate their games to industry veterans and gain valuable feedback on their creations,” said Dr Noonan, explaining that some of the country’s leading software developers and international gaming companies will be in attendance once again.

Games Fleadh 2024

Games Fleadh 2024 features competitions such as a Game Studio ‘Start with Nothing’ themed competition and Robocode. Competitors will be in with a chance to win one of the many EA title prizes available. Games Fleadh 2024 is sponsored by TUS, EA and FiServ.

Every year, this free event, which is open to the public, also attracts second-level students from all over Ireland with an interest in studying Computer Science or a future career in this competitive industry.

“The video games market is larger than the music and movie business combined, with revenues recently surpassing 180 billion dollars (approximately €165 billion), as reported by UK-based market intelligence firm Pelham Smithers. Games Fleadh continues to be a fantastic networking opportunity for the Irish game development sector. We believe that it also offers a fantastic networking opportunity for teachers to engage with third-level institutions and explore best practices in teaching coding concepts,” added Dr Noonan.

Dr. Janice O’Connell, Head of the Department of Information Technology at TUS, said that The Games Fleadh is a fantastic event which integrates multiple aspects of IT, innovation and creativity. Through the originality and imagination of Games, this unique event brings together industry, academia, current students, and future students. Special thanks to all our industry partners for their continued support, to the participants, and to the staff in Thurles for making this event possible. Sincere thanks to Dr. Liam Noonan, who champions Games Fleadh every year.”

Games Fleadh 2024 is open to the public for free. Online registration is available at www.gamesfleadh.ie.