Irish start-up nominated for gaming award

 John Griffin and Griffin Parry of GameSparks: “Much of our success to date has been in export markets like the UK, Canada and the USA,” said Mr Griffin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

John Griffin and Griffin Parry of GameSparks: “Much of our success to date has been in export markets like the UK, Canada and the USA,” said Mr Griffin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Thu, May 15, 2014, 01:00

Irish start-up GameSparks is in line for a European gaming award after being nominated in the Develop Awards.

The company, which is based in Dublin and offers a cloud-based solution for developers to build the server-side components of a game without needing to set up and run a server, is up for the Best Technical Innovation category.

Other nominees in the category include Oculus Rft, which was recently bought by Facebook, Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality experiment, and handheld console Nvidia Shield.

Co-founder John Griffin said it was a “remarkable achievement” to get the nomination.

“Much of our success to date has been in export markets like the UK, Canada and the USA,” he said. GameSparks now has over 200 registered studios from all around the world, including some of the larger games studios.”

The awards will be announced in Brighton in July.