Galway has further cemented its reputation as an IT hub, with the announcement of over 300 new jobs for Galway in the computing sector.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that computer game developer, Electronic Arts (EA) will be creating the 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 on Tuesday afternoon, An Taoiseach said EA’s decision was 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,” he said.
EA’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Peter Moore, said 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.
Welcoming the announcement, Galway West TD, Brian Walsh said EA’s decision to expand its workforce here was “a tremendous endorsement from one of the world’s leading entertainment software companies”.
“A bit like the development of the medical device industry here, we are already beginning to see the emergence of a cluster of companies from within the ICT industry gravitating towards Galway,” he added.
Constituency colleague, Deputy Seán Kyne said the announcement was the culmination of the successful and strategic co-operation of stakeholders including the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the IDA, Galway’s local authorities and industry leaders such as EA.
“The IDA deserves much credit for its continued success in attracting the world’s top ICT companies to Ireland in such a challenging global economic climate,” said Deputy Kyne.
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 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.