I am highly interested in game development and I was wondering would anybody know where to look for work experience around Dublin.
Best off trying to find an indie studio and work for them, although the chances of getting paid work experience is very slim. PopCap games take on iterns but I don't know about work experience. You could ask the guys at Open Emotion Studios in Limerick or NeverMind Games in Tipperary.
What age are you and do you have any relevant skills and experience?
Thanks for the reply, Im 15 and I have lots of experience with computers but not much with programming, only basics in HTML.
The only problem here is that most games companies require you to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) if you work with them etc which may put them off bringing you on board. To be honest, as regards getting work experience without any programming ability (this is not your fault, its just very tough in the industry) you're not going to get much luck.
What I would suggest instead is try to get your hand in the testing side of things which is far more available in Ireland and doesn't require much in the way of technical ability.
Off the top of my head, places that offer this are:
Activision - Dublin
Vivendi - Dublin (only good if you can speak a foreign language)
PopCap - Dublin
Keywords intl - Dublin (again a foreign language one but they do hire some english speakers)
GOA games - Dublin
Gala games - Dublin
and then there are the few in Limerick, Tipperary etc.
What I would do, in your shoes is make a linkedin profile and try and get in touch with companies through that, then try the IGDA page on Facebook and also www.gamedevelopers.ie which is another forum where you may get more help.
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