Havok MD David O’Meara Named ‘IT Industry Person of the Year’ at 9th ICT Excellence Awards

Friday, May 22, 2009 – David O’Meara, Managing Director of Emmy award winning Irish technology companyHavok, was last night named ‘IT Industry Person of the Year’ at the ninth annual ICT Excellence Awards. The ICT Excellence Awards is Ireland’s longest-running and most prestigious event recognising outstanding achievers in the information and communications technology industry.

David O’Meara, Managing Director of Havok, says:

“It’s an honour to receive this award. In the six years I have worked with Havok, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth. Havok is now the market leader in the competitive global game and movie industries, continuously pushing boundaries to achieve more and more realistic visual effects in games and movies. We have a world class developer team, a portfolio of innovative products and an unparalleled reputation for excellence. We derive great satisfaction from all Havok’s phenomenal achievements, and I’m particularly proud to be named IT Industry Person of the Year.”

Frank Quinn, joint Managing Director of Mediateam, organisers of the ICT Excellence Awards, says;

“David O’Meara joins a distinguished list of recipients of our ‘Person of the Year’ awards, representing the stars, past and present, of Ireland’s technology industry. He is a worthy winner, a perfect example of how Ireland can punch above its weight in the volatile business of technology.”

At the 2008 BAFTA Video Game Awards in London in March, games created using Havok’s award winning technology were chosen as the winners in six categories. 10 Havok powered titles received nominations in 12 of the 14 categories.

Recently, Havok was awarded a prestigious Game Developer Front Line Award for their industry leading middleware product Havok Physics. US based magazine Game Developer is the leading publication for the worldwide gaming industry and their annual Front Line Awards acknowledge technology companies and products which drive innovation and efficiency in creating state-of-the-art gameplay. Winning a Front Line Award is a significant accolade, as winners are chosen by their peers in the global game developer community.

Under the management of Managing Director David O’Meara, the company also won an Emmy award from the US National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas last year. The company was honoured with the award for their work on pioneering physics engines which makes games more realistic than ever before.

The company uses a combination of next generation physics, animation and tools to reach new standards of realism and interactivity in gaming technology and essentially turn their customers’ creative aspirations into technical realities.

About Havok:
Havok, an Intel company, was founded in Dublin in 1998 and is the premier provider of interactive software and services for digital media creators in the games and movie industries. With world leading expertise in physics, animation and tools, Havok’s business is to turn our customers’ creative aspirations into technical realities.

Havok’s modular suite of tools gives power to the creator, making sure that our clients can reach new standards of realism and interactivity, while mitigating the overall cost and risks associated with creating today’s leading video games and movies.

Havok works in partnership with the world’s best known game developers – including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Pandemic Studios. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the PlayStation®2, PLAYSTATION®3, PSP™, Xbox™, Xbox360™, Wii™, GameCube™, and the PC. Havok’s combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering for our customers every time has led to our technology being used in more than 200 of the world’s best known game titles, including BioShock, Halo 3, MotorStorm, Stranglehold, Crackdown, Age of Empires III and Cars.

Havok products have been used to drive visual effects in movies such as Watchmen, Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 10000 BC, X-Men: The Last Stand, Poseidon, The Matrix, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Havok has offices in Dublin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Calcutta, Munich and Tokyo. For more information on Havok, visit www.havok.com.