Galway has further cemented its reputation as an IT hub with the announcement of over 300 new jobs in the computing sector today.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has this afternoon announced that computer game developer Electronic Arts will be creating 300 new jobs at its Parkmore West facility. This brings to 700 the number of people employed by EA in Galway City.
The computer games giant currently employs 400 people at Parkmore in its Bioware division, where the employees provide global support for the company’s ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ game.
The 300 new jobs will be in the company’s European Customer Experience Centre of Excellence and will provide support for other popular EA titles such as the ‘Medal of Honour’ and ‘FIFA’ franchises.
Speaking in Dublin this afternoon, An Taoiseach welcomed the latest investment in Ireland by the games giant.
“It is less than a year since I attended the opening of the EA facility in Galway, and I am delighted to announce today that EA has made the decision to invest further in Ireland by locating their strategically important Customer Experience Centre here,” said Mr Kenny.
“This decision is a real endorsement of Ireland’s ability to meet the needs of leading multinational companies in the digital media space. I wish EA every success with this new Centre and offer the continued support of the Irish Government as the company continues to develop here.”
EA’s COO Peter Moore said that Galway’s technology infrastructure was a key factor in choosing to locate the 300 additional jobs here.
“Galway’s mix of technology infrastructure and talent availability, combined with a pro-business environment, will help us expand on our existing foundation here. We’re proud to be part of Ireland’s growth into cutting edge digital industries,” he said.
Recruitment will begin immediately and applicants are advised to visit jobs.ea.com for further information.
In a separate announcement, Dublin-based cloud computing firm Kantan MT has announced that it will open a Galway office, employing 12 people initially. The jobs will be for software engineers and customer co-ordinators.
Aidan Collins of KantanMT said that the company, which is backed by Enterprise Ireland and venture capital, hopes to create further jobs in the future.
Details of the vacant positions are available at www.kantanmt.com.