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Belfast tech firm staff get half day after every Game of Thrones series premiere

By Claire Williamson

The wait for Game of Thrones fans is almost over - but for some, the morning after the 2am UK airing of Season 6 will be slighter sweeter than for others.

A British technology firm which has offices in Belfast, London and New York, has surprised its staff by giving them all half a day off so they can watch the Game of Thrones premiere in order to create the "best environment".

The Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones airs on April 24 at 2am in the UK to coincide with the broadcast of the show in the US.

On April 11 +rehabstudio posted to its Facebook and Linkedin pages that it was giving the whole team the morning after ever Game of Thrones launch because "it's only fair really".

They added a picture of their official holiday policy which says: "All +rehabstudio UK staff (London and Belfast offices) will also receive an additional half day (morning) holiday following the first episode of each new season of Game of Thrones when simulaunched with the US.

"US staff are reminded not to share spoilers on the intranet until after the show has aired in the UK 24 hours later."

The firm's founding partner Tim Rodgers told the New York Post: 'We are always trying to look after our guys and make sure we're giving them the best work environment and social life as well.'

A +rehabstudio spokesperson told Business Insider the company has seen job applications “skyrocket" off the back of it.

Much of Game Of Thrones is shot in Northern Ireland, either on location or in studios in Belfast.

As the stars lined the red carpet earlier this month in LA, there was one burning question - what is the fate of long-standing character Jon Snow?

Snow was brutally stabbed and left dying in the snow at the end of the fifth series.

But despite his death scene, actor Kit Harington has repeatedly found himself forced to quash all hope in rumours that Snow could actually be alive and ready for a comeback.

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