Foster announces new global software firm success

Feb 16, 2009

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced a £606,000 investment by Jolt Online Gaming, supported by Invest Northern Ireland.

Jolt, an online gaming publisher which has offices in Vancouver, Dublin and Hamburg, has set up a Northern Ireland centre in Newry to manage the firm’s core online gaming software systems and provide technical support to players globally.

Invest NI has offered £223,000 towards the investment, which will result in the creation of 15 new highly skilled technical support and software jobs.

Online gaming is a method by which users play a computer based game via an internet connection and it is a competitive and rapidly growing area of the digital content sector.

Arlene Foster said: “This investment will deliver over £1million in additional wages and salaries within the first three years. To secure such a project in the current economic climate is an extremely positive development which demonstrates how this region is remaining competitive and can still attract high quality investment.

“Jolt is a young, dynamic company which will contribute to, and benefit from, the local knowledge base. Jolt’s presence will also support the development of advanced skills in the niche area of gaming, part of our growing digital content sector, which Invest NI is actively targeting for investment by both locally owned and internationally owned companies.”

Dylan Collins, CEO of Jolt added: “Jolt Online Gaming has a rapidly growing online games community with millions of users from around the world playing our games every month. We have a continuous need for dedicated and committed people to join our team in order to support this growth.

“With Invest NI’s support, and the strong local skills and knowledge base, I believe the Newry site will become the operational heart of the Jolt Online Gaming network. It will be crucial in helping Jolt to expand its global reach and provide a quality service to its gamers.”

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