Community Spotlight – May 2021

Mal Duffin is a co-founder and director of Belfast-based indie studio Out of Tune Games. Amber caught up with Mal recently to find out a bit about him, what Out of Tune is up to, and his thoughts on the Northern Irish games industry.

Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do in the industry.

Like everyone in the industry I’m of course a game designer, with loads of good and bad ideas. As well as co-founding Out Of Tune Games, I’ve acted as producer, technical artist and programmer.

Where in Northern Ireland are you based?

I’m currently based in Randalstown, but I’ve lived all over Northern Ireland.

Why did you get started in game development?

I was always interested in making games. My university placement year was at IBM working on very early VR prototype hardware, and when I finished uni I organised a few interviews in England and ended up working at Sony in London.  After about a year there, I went to California to work for Shiny Entertainment – the owner of which, Dave Perry, was also from Northern Ireland!

What are you excited to see in the NI Games Industry?

I’m excited to see the influx of trainees learning Unity, and the plans by Rory Clifford at NI Screen to help expand the games industry here by supporting companies of various sizes.

I’m also excited to see Hypixel and the Mon Home incentive – they will hopefully enable many of the experienced industry veterans who work around the globe to have the option to come home and get a well-paid job in games.

Is there anything you’d like to promote?

We released our first game, Crooks Like Us, into Steam Early Access – you can download and play it now, the link is in our twitter header at

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