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Showcase: Havok

Pioneering technology that makes visual effects in today’s top selling games and movies more realistic and interactive than ever before.



  • Game Developer Frontline Award
  • Computer Graphics World Innovation Award
  • Develop Industry Excellence Award
  • 2008 Emmy Award of Technology and Engineering for Havok Physics presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • OnHollywood 100 Award
  • Red Herring 100 Award

More about Havok

Emmy Award winning Irish technology company Havok is the leading provider of interactive software and services to the global game and movie industries. Founded in 1998 as a campus company in Trinity College Dublin, Havok’s pioneering technology makes visual effects in today’s top selling games and movies more realistic and interactive than ever before.

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.

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The company’s Emmy award winning physics engines have been used to drive visual effects in top selling game titles such as Assassin’s Creed 2, Uncharted 2, Halo 3, Heavy Rain and Bioshock 2. Havok products have also featured in smash hit blockbusters, including Watchmen, James Bond movie Quantum of Solace and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Havok are one of the largest Irish indigenous exporters to Asia, and the company has ambitious plans to grow their business in Asia substantially in 2010.

Recently, Havok was awarded a prestigious Game Developer Front Line Award for their industry leading middleware product Havok Physics for the second consecutive year. 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.

Screenshot of game Bioshock and photo of David O'Meara

In May 2009 David O’Meara, Managing Director of Havok, was 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.

Under the management of David O’Meara, the company also won an Emmy award from the US National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences Award at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas in 2008. The company was honoured with the award for their work on pioneering physics engines which makes games more realistic than ever before.

Havok employs over 100 people worldwide with offices in Dublin, San Francisco, Munich, Calcutta, San Antonio and Tokyo, boasting a portfolio of six cutting edge products which help game developers and digital animators make today’s top selling games and movies more interactive and realistic than ever before.


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