Dominic McDowall, Chief Executive of Cubicle 7 Entertainment (pictured), the Stamullen based company which has exclusive licences for some of the best known role playing games (RPG) including Warhammer and the BBC’s Doctor Who. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson.
The Chief Executive of Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Dominic McDowall, says the company which he established in Stamullen three years ago is now one of the biggest role playing games companies in the World and has thanked Meath Local Enterprise Office for their support in getting the business up and running.
They have exclusive licences for some of the best known role playing games (RPG) including Warhammer and the BBC’s Doctor Who and have won a number of awards.
“We make role playing games, card games and board games. They are all social and ‘sit around the table and get to know each other better’ kind of games,” he explained.
In the niche industry of RPGs, the game is imaginative, immersive and interactive and the market, as well as being international, has grown in recent years.
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In addition to licences for some of the most popular global RPGs, Dominic said, “we are also developing a lot of games based on settings we are developing ourselves.”
Dominic formed the Irish company in 2018 with his wife Elaine and said they chose to relocate from the UK to Meath for the personal and professional advantages it gives, including proximity to Dublin Airport.
They now employ 27 people around the World including 15 at the headquarters in City North Business Campus in Stamullen.
Their market is global and Dominic says he is always amazed by the list of places they are sending products to. “We have at least one customer in pretty much every country!” he said.
He added that the LEO in Meath, “has been a fantastic support, even just talking to them has been really helpful, really useful and reassuring.”
They qualified for a Priming Grant which, he said, “helped to fund a really critical three roles during the growth of the company and really helped to accelerate our growth.”
“It was a really critical phase for us so this was hugely appreciated and really impactful.”
He also availed of mentoring and said, “this is my first business and the advice I got from the mentorship scheme has been so helpful.”
Lorna Cooney, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO Meath, said it is there to support companies and sole traders at all stages of their development including, for companies like Cubicle 7, their growth phase.
Cubicle 7 also availed of the ‘Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ (TAME) grant. It is to help small businesses in Ireland develop products and services that will unlock export markets.
Lorna said, “this helps companies like Cubicle 7 who are exploring new markets and checking out possibilities for exporting. The TAME grant allows them to attend or exhibit at trade fairs or conduct research on overseas markets.” “We feel it is critical that the LEO keeps up the contact with these companies and supports them through every stage of development.”
“It is particularly important in the growth stage as the promoter is very busy running their own business and we need to be there with the relevant interventions such as mentoring, financial support and advice to advise them along the way,” she added.
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