Developing computer games and off-the-shelf software



New technologies have changed the way people play games, offering exciting opportunities for the software, video games and interactive entertainment industries in Northern Ireland and across the world.

This guide provides an overview of the computer games and software industries, offering information for individuals wishing to set up a games or software company or for companies aiming to break into the games or software industries.

It also examines the role of research and development (R&D) in gaming and software sectors and highlights issues around translation, localisation, intellectual property and regulation in the software and gaming industries.