300 new jobs at computer games firm
A world-leading computer games company is to create 300 jobs in the west of Ireland in a massive expansion of its support centre.
Electronic Arts (EA) said the investment at its Galway facility will take the workforce to 700 with many new jobs in multilingual support to liaise with European customers.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement of the IDA Ireland-backed investment.
"This decision is a real endorsement of Ireland's ability to meet the needs of leading multinational companies in the digital media space," he said.
The jobs boost was tempered with a decision to lay off 100 peat workers at Bord na Mona after one of the worst ever summer harvests for the company.
EA has more than 220 million registered players and operates in 75 countries.
It announced plans for its Galway base in 2010 and opened the following year where it now employs about 400 people.
It makes some of the most popular computer console games including the Fifa series, the Sims, Battlefield, Mass Effect series, the Left4Dead series, Rock Band and Need for Speed.
It delivers games, content and online services for internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and social networks.
Peter Moore, EA chief operating officer, said: "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."