Black Shamrock started out as a handful of hardcore gamers creating our own gaming projects and that will always be a cornerstone of our identity within the Virtuos group. Thanks to joining Virtuos, we have been able to expand our work and connect with new partners on exciting projects, working with them to produce amazing content while also developing our own in-house titles.
WE ARE BLACK SHAMROCK
We Make Games Better, Together
Everything we do at Black Shamrock, like our parent company, Virtuos, is about people. From the player experiences that we help craft with our co-development partners to the unique career opportunities that our studio enables, enriching the human experience is at the root of our mission and the reason that we make video games.
Our team is, first and foremost, compromised of avid gamers of all genres. The team is enriched by a diverse mix of backgrounds and united by our passion for game development.
A Rare Opportunity
We are a unique game development studio. At any given time, Black Shamrock is working in collaboration with industry leading publishers and game developers on multiple AAA projects. This means that our team members work with a multitude of different video game brands, genres, and development technologies in a much shorter timeframe when compared to working at a conventional games studio. The result is fast-tracked development experience and faster career growth.
Made in Ireland
We believe everyone should have equal access to pursue the career of their dreams without having to uproot their life to do so. Black Shamrock chooses Ireland as our home to develop AAA titles for this very reason, to create video games industry opportunities where they are few and far between.
Favourite game of all time: His absolute favourite game is The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
Favourite non-gaming hobby: Mathieu loves to hike!
What they like most about Black Shamrock: The variety of games he gets to work on.
Favourite game of all time: Samba de Amigo – if he could only find somewhere to get his maracas fixed, he'd be straight back at it!
Favourite non-gaming hobby: Dragon boating – this was something he picked up while working in Asia, and he will always participate at any chance he gets.
What they like most about Black Shamrock: The opportunity to work on a plethora of AAA projects across wide spectrum of genres.
Favourite game of all time: The SNES version of SquareSoft (now Square Enix)’s Secret of Mana, but John can be convinced to play nearly anything with co-op.
Favourite non-gaming hobby: As a father of two, John believes that free time is an illusion but often dreams of playing board games and tabletop RPGs.
What they like most about Black Shamrock: The smell of the hops roasting in St. James’s Gate nearby.
Favourite game of all time: Sean enjoys single-player games that are heavily story-driven, like the Uncharted and God of War franchises. Going back to the older consoles, he thinks one can never go wrong with Rock n’ Roll Racing or Golden Axe.
Favourite non-gaming hobby: Acting as a referee for two active kids takes up much of his time. Sean also enjoys watching film and sports – especially soccer and rugby, but he will watch pretty much anything in those categories.
What they like most about Black Shamrock: Sean loves having the opportunity of working on many exciting AAA titles, while helping to grow the Irish video game industry – which means that other aspiring developers do not need to move abroad to get the experience of working on world-class games. He also loves returning to the studio after working remotely for many years.
Favourite game of all time: For Desirae, it’s hard to pick an all-time favourite. While she grew up loving Mario games and Tetris, games with more complex storylines and puzzles like Tomb Raider and Portal speaks more to her as an adult.
Favourite non-gaming hobby: She loves outdoor activities, paint carving, and knitting.
What they like most about Black Shamrock: She loves the people she works with and having a variety of creative projects to work on that challenges her skills.
Favourite game of all time: Doom Eternal, high adrenaline gameplay and highly performant technology, perfection!
Favourite non-gaming hobby: I like to brew beer and lift weights, perfectly contradictory past times!
What they like most about Black Shamrock: It's a source of constant challenge and opportunity. Virtuos is a special organization with so many talented people to learn from and great projects to work on.
Favourite game of all time: Rikki really enjoys RPG style games. Some of his favourites include Dragon Age and God of War.
Favourite non-gaming hobby: Rikki loves to travel, see new places, and learn new things!
What they like most about Black Shamrock: The amazing and talented people from around the globe that inspire him and his work every day.