As 2017 draws to a close, what with the hype around the release of the next Call of Duty, and of course the popular FIFA games, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the gaming industry is more popular than ever before. With an astounding estimated audience of 2.6 billion, and an overall market value in the previous year of over 100 billion dollars, it should come as no surprise that jobs within the sector are both highly sought out, and highly competitive to acquire. The opportunity to develop a career within this industry is limitless, and as a result the fight for that role can be unforgiving.
The good news, however, is that what with the expansion of the gaming industry, there are more roles available nowadays, meaning there are ample opportunities to find that perfect job at a gaming company. Here’s everything you need to know about securing that perfect role.
What sort of roles are available?
Whilst subject to debate, most agree that the video game industry was first established in the late 40s following the creation of a cathode-ray tube amusement device in 1947. However, it is widely acknowledged that the first proper rise in popularities of ‘video games’ as we know them began in the 70s with the introduction of games such as ‘Computer Space’ and the more widely known ‘Pong’, which is still played and made into modern adaptions, even today.
Back then, breaking into this industry was near impossible unless you had the ability to develop, release and market a game. However, nowadays, there are hundreds of roles available in various companies. This includes video game companies, online multiplayer games and online gambling slots. The increase in the products on offer mean that companies have multiple opportunities for those keen to work in the gaming industry. The sort of role you seek out depends highly on your professional skills.
If you’re particularly creative, for example, you could be a game designer or a writer. These game designers come up with the concepts for the games we all know and love today, and pitch them to their teams. They work closely alongside the software designers to ensure their vision becomes a reality.
If you’re more tech savvy, a software designer or computer programming role might be for you. These developers have the tech-knowledge required to bring the designers’ ideas to life on screen, through clever and complicated use of code.
Other Business Roles
These are just two of many roles; others who work directly on the development of the game include writers, audio engineers and testers. Then, of course, there are always the roles which don’t require direct interaction with the game being developed itself, but focus on the business side of the industry. These include Marketing roles, sales representatives, all the way to customer service roles which require a completely different set of skills. Regardless of the role you choose to break into, getting a job with any gaming company will gain you invaluable insight and experience which can later be transferred to any future role you acquire.
How can I stand out from the competition?
Did we mention the competition for these exciting roles is particularly fierce within the industry? But fear not; following a few quick tips will set you apart from the competition for that great role.
1. Have an interest in the industry and its progression
The gaming industry evolves so quickly, which means new games and technology spring up all the time. To ensure you’re one step ahead of your competition, we’d strongly advise keeping an eye on the latest news and trends. This can be done by subscribing to relevant blogs or news sections, and even by doing your own research into what the competition is doing.
2. Know your industry’s history
When asked about retro games, anyone can answer ‘Space Invaders’ or ‘Pong’. But to truly stand out from the next interviewee, why not do a little research and ensure you know not only about the successful games, but the less successful ones. Bring a little independent thought and creativity to your interview, and don’t be afraid to not only point out what works in the more renowned games, but also what doesn’t work – suggest a way in which you feel any flaws could be improved.
3. Be a good team player
Nowadays, developing and producing a game requires an entire team of people, all of whom have to work closely for maximum efficiency. During the creation phase, there are always going to be differing opinions and you need to not only be confident in putting your opinion forward, but in respecting others. It also helps if you have a wide range of skills, which you can put to different uses.
So those are our top tips on securing that job within the gaming industry. You don’t need to be a tech whizz or know the entire history, but it definitely helps to brush up on your knowledge as much as possible if you’re looking to be successful. One thing’s for sure; a career within the gaming industry is sure to be exciting, diverse and full of new challenges. Best of luck!
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