How To Join The Video Game Industry

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Are you interested in getting a job related to video games? With advanced video game consoles changing the video game industry, and an increased demand for games that are used on web and mobile device platforms, companies that produce popular video games are expanding and therefore looking to hire talented individuals that can play a part in shaping the future of the whole world of video games. Here are some steps that can help you get the career in the video game industry that you have always wanted to have.

  1. See which area of game development interests you the most.

Much like creating a successful movie, making a good video game will require a team of dozens of individuals that can contribute their unique qualities and skills to the project at hand. The actual game design is a process that often takes months to complete. It will require people to design the graphics and the video used in the game. Others will need to compose the music and sound effects. Some team members will be responsible for coding the actual levels in the game, while others will write the software that makes the game run and load the right modules when necessary. Game Testersare necessary for quality control purposes in the final part of a game’s design process.

  1. See if you have the relevant skills and experience.

Different positions demand different types of knowledge, skills, and experience. Video game programmers will need to know several programming languages and be willing to learn new ones when necessary. Level and character designers will need to know how to use graphic and 3D modeling programs. Having prior experience in computer programming, graphic design, 3D modeling, etc. even outside of the video game industry is a big plus for candidates. Luckily, one of the most in-demand jobs, game quality assurance, doesn’t take as many technical skills. However, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll just play video games all day:  game testing requires a lot of focus and it’s important to be able to trace your exact steps when you discover a problem.

  1. Search for jobs that you like and will qualify for.

Video game companies sometimes advertise available positions on job search sites as well as in newspapers. Most companies today have a careers section on their site that you can check out and submit your CV to them instantly. Job fairs and events related to the gaming industry are also great places to meet with representatives of the industry who can help you find work in this field.

  1. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at first.

Sometimes it will take a few months of efforts, even if you have stellar qualifications. Start by applying for entry-level positions, like game QA testing. This will let you build up some experience in the industry, even if it is not the job that you want to do for the rest of your career. Search for smaller companies and start-ups that are hiring. While the pay may not be as great as with some of the big houses out there, smaller companies are a great place to make contacts in the gaming field, and gain much needed experience.


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