The video gaming business is a Multi Billion dollar International business. The demand for video games is huge everywhere which means there is always enough space for new companies to grow and prosper. However newcomers in the industry don’t know how to get started. Below is a checklist of 5 easy steps to starting your very own Video Gaming Business.
1. An Inspiring Idea: Having a gaming company is of course all about having a great Game. But great games don’t come off easily, the first and most important requirement is having a great idea for a video game. You will need to spend some time thinking about what genre of video game you would like to release, as well as get a general idea as to what the characters will be, what the goal of the game is, what the storyline will look like, etc. Once you have the idea you can step into the
Game Design process easily.
2. Research & Acquire: Now you have an idea, what next? It’s time to research your options, the market, and the business plan and of course get all the required tools within your budget to help your programmers with Game Programming. Here, you will also need to think about what platform you will be releasing the game for. Will it be a PC game? Will it be a game for one of the many game consoles? Will it be a web based game that can be played from inside one’s browser?
3. Hire a great Team: You simply cannot develop a game without a team; it takes hours of programming, research and designing. There are many other factors such as the art work, music & sounds and Video Game Testingonce the game is ready. You will need to hire some experts in different fields of video game design and creation. However, you don’t always have to hire a full-time staff. It is also possible to hire freelancers who will work on a specific part of your project for a pre determined amount of money, rather than paying them hourly wages.
4. Development Phase: The most important phase, this is where all the pieces come together. This phase involves your team using the tools you have to bring your idea to virtual life. Now your company will be doing a lot of game programming and development along with video game testing in the final stages.
5. Funding & getting the game out: The final stage, you have the game ready & now its time to get it out. This stage involves getting publishers and retailers to sell your game to and of course make money. In some cases this stage comes as step 2 if you have no funding to get started you might need to get some investors first.
Gina Kraft wrote the article for Game Shastra. Gina is a supporter of Game Shastra specially, their game design, game programming, and game development areas.