NI Game Dev Digest – Oct 2021

Hello everyone! 

This month we caught up with Game Developer and ‘How (Not) To Make a Game’ podcast host, Stuart Neill. He talks about his thoughts on the Northern Irish games industry as well as his recent venture into game development!

Check out this month’s Community Spotlight to read more about Stuart and his recent projects. You’ll also be able to find our previous monthly spotlight features there too. Remember, if you’re involved with making games here in Northern Ireland, feel free to reach out to us for your own Spotlight!

NIGDN Community Events

Here are the NIGDN events we currently have scheduled for this month:

NI Game Devs Lean Coffee – Weekly on Thursdays, 10am

Our Lean Coffee mornings happen every Thursday at 10am! This is a structured, but agenda-less meeting where participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, ask questions, and discuss all aspects of game development and the industry in a safe space. You’ll find everything you need to know about it in our DIscord. More details in the discord.

Into games is calling schools to join game design programme for students

Games for Schools (GFS) is a brand new UK wide programme by Into Games to help provide educators with the tools they need to get their students started with game design. Eligible schools will receive 30 free licenses of the software, Gamemaker 2, along with CPD sessions for educators and resources to use to get their students engaged. To qualify schools should either have at least 20% of their students eligible for free school meals or pupil premium, be SEND schools or be a girl-only school. The application process takes 5 mins and can be accessed at

Work experience opportunities with ScreenWorks 

There are various training opportunities for anyone aged 14-19 currently open for applications on the Into Film website, including ‘Art for Film and Games’ training with Stephen Downey from Outsider Games. Placements with ScreenWorks offer young people unparalleled access to industry professionals on 3-5 day work placement across all five screen sectors – Film, Television, Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects. Find out more and apply here:

Reminder: fill in the UK Games Industry Census 

The UK Games Industry Census has gotten off to a positive start, with responses flying in from across the industry, but they need even more of you to participate to receive more responses than for the 2020 project. All results are recorded anonymously in aggregate to keep your data safe, but every response makes a big difference. Take part in the census:

International Games Summit on Mental Health –  6th – 7th Oct 2021

TIGS 2021 will be held online at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST. This is an annual conference addressing mental health illness and awareness in the video games industry. In games, gaming, and content creation, there are unique environmental challenges and opportunities, and TIGS brings experts and leaders from the gaming industry and the mental health industry together to address these issues.

EGX 2021 – 7th – 10th Oct 2021, London

The UK’s huge celebration of video games returns to London in October. Featuring panels, playable games, signings, retro games, board games, indie games and more

Global Top Round Conference – 14th Oct 2021 – 18th Oct 2021

The Global Top Round Conference is an exclusive industry event for game developers, publishers, and experts from all over the world.

Game Dev Heroes 2021 –  26th Oct 2021, Brighton

Game Dev Heroes is a celebration of the people behind the scenes of the games industry. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of games industry professionals, with shortlists released ahead of the winners’ announcements in October.

GameSoundCon 2021 –  8-10th Nov 2021,  Online

GameSoundCon is the industry’s leading conference on game music and sound design, featuring over 100 speakers and panellists representing the top names in the industry.

It covers the creative, business and technical challenges of game music, sound design and dialogue at any level from cutting edge AAA to the smallest indie

DevGAMM Fall 2021 – 17th-19th Nov 2021, Online

The DevGAMM Fall 2021 program includes keynote speakers’ sessions, Virtual Showcase, DevGAMM Awards, Streaming Showcase and more. In addition, job offers from the leading gaming companies will be available on the Career Wall. Everyone can also enjoy chatting with colleagues during Random Networking and parties.

Hypixel Studios

Hypixel Studios are looking for a number of talented individuals to fill various Art, Design, Operations and Tech roles. They are based in Derry/Londonderry but welcome applicants from all over the world.

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Mojopin Studios

Mojopin Studios are looking for a number of prospective roles for an upcoming project that is currently awaiting financial sign-off.

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Terror Dog Studio

Terror Dog Studio is looking for a talented programmer with exceptional proficiency In Unity C# to join our small team. Salary DOE.

For more info, visit

That’s all for now!
You may have noticed, but we have changed our plans for monthly blogs to quarterly, but it might be more often again in the future if there’s enough to update you all on.

We do our best to include all other relevant local gaming industry news, events and job openings in this monthly update, so please do send us any news or job listings, or request to be featured in our Community Spotlight by emailing

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