Come meet the Northern Ireland Developers at GDC and find out why Northern Ireland is a great place to make your game

Northern Ireland Developers at GDC

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.

We are developing the interactive content sectors by providing project funding, skills development and finding complementary partners to content producers based in Northern Ireland. We also aim to establish Northern Ireland as an attractive place for international developers and publishers to invest.

App Attic

Attic produces games to engage users with their wellbeing, provide health insight and promote positive behaviour change. AppAttic is an award winning startup company with experience working with large multinationals and government departments. AppAttic was named Belfast Startup of the year 2015 and won Invent 2015 Creative Media category. AppAttic is currently running clinical trials in NHS with their Medicines Management Game.

BillyGoat Entertainment

BillyGoat Entertainment is a Belfast based video game developer currently working on Her Majesty’s SPIFFING, a jovial, space-themed adventure game. HM SPIFFING follows the exploits of a crew of astronauts tasked by Her Majesty the Queen to scour the solar system for new planets in a quest to establish a new Galactic British Empire. Her Majesty’s SPIFFING will launch in Q2 2016.

Black Market

Blacknorth has shaped itself into Northern Ireland’s finest and most stimulating digital media company by maintaining a mature and robust pipeline, providing a reliable and high-end service within the creative sector whilst generating in-house intellectual property.

In 2015, Blacknorth launched Blackmarket to allow Blacknorth to be dedicated to providing a high-end service for work-for-hire. Concentrating solely on intellectual property, Blackmarket produces award-winning, innovative and exciting media content for the film and game industries.

Boom Clap Games

Boom Clap Games formed in 2015 with the goal to make music-focused gaming experiences for mobile and beyond. Their first professional endeavor Beat Bugz is a mobile game that fuses casual gameplay with simple music technology. The core team of David, Andy and Kris have a combined professional skill set that spans: design, UX, audio, music, animation, programming and project management.


Inlifesize have developed Humane as a solution to break through the technical complexity of creating a character and are delivering it to 3D content creators as a simple SaaS solution.

Italic Pig

Italic Pig is a kickass games company based loosely in the UK and Ireland. We live, work and eat by the phrase: "Nobody ever got anywhere by thinking medium."

Our 2015 debut release – Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark (published by Team17) – was a finalist for Best Writing In A Video Game by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writers’ Guild of Ireland and TIGA Game of the Year.

Thanks to a recent award from Creative Europe we’ve begun development in 2016 on our next ambitious adventure, this time starring Mona Lisa as Renaissance Italy’s greatest art thief.

Troll Inc

Troll Inc is a Northern Ireland games studio who develop our own games, as well as undertake work for hire projects with experience in PC, console and mobile games.

We will have a demo on hand during GDC of a new IP for PC and console that blends puzzles, platforming and time control into an atmospheric and unique world to explore.

Our mobile games have an arcade style and casual games focused on chasing high scores; we are interested in publishing our back catalogue.

For work-for-hire projects we can work with existing brands looking to add games to their portfolio, as well as working with development teams to support existing projects.


RETìníZE creates cinematic virtual reality using state-of-the-art 360 video, 3D stereoscopic vision and binaural sound. At heart we’re experienced storytellers, with an intimate knowledge of the tricks and tech required to create truly unforgettable immersive experiences.

Northern Ireland Screen is part of the UK stand run by UKIE at GDC, stand number 1016.

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