Signs a Career as a Game Developer is for You

Signs a Career as a Game Developer is for You

Signs a Career as a Game Developer is for You

A Game Developer is involved in the creation and production of games for personal computers, games consoles, the internet, arcades, tablets and mobile phones. Here are the signs you’d make a good game developer:


You have…


  • familiarisation with a range of programming languages and/or software packages
  • teamworking skills to liaise with other developers 
  • the ability to work independently on your own projects
  • a creative approach to solving technical problems
  • communication skills and the ability to listen to a client’s requirements
  • time management skills and the ability to prioritise to meet deadlines
  • a meticulous approach
  • enthusiasm for and knowledge of the games industry.


You want to…


  • design, develop and deliver systems and high-quality code using programming languages, such as C++ and C#
  • perform code reviews to ensure code quality
  • refactor code to improve the design of existing code
  • quality test coding in a systematic and thorough way to find problems or bugs and record precisely where the problem was discovered
  • debug programs and solve complex technical problems that occur within the game’s production
  • collaborate with games development team members.


You don’t mind…


  • generally long work hours
  • occasional extra work hours when approaching deadlines
  • Long periods of time in front of a computer screen


Getting started


Entry into games development does not necessarily require a degree but employers will often look for a degree or Higher National Diploma in the following subjects:

  • Computer Games (Development or Design)
  • Computer Games Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Games Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering.

Alternatively, relevant experience can help you work your way up into games development such as working as a quality assurance technician or tester.

Competition in this career field is fierce. It’s essential that you create a working demo with examples of game programming you’ve created to show employers your technical skills and creativity. The ability to code in programming languages such as C++, scripting experience and knowledge of specific software tools are also useful skills.

Work experience placements during your degree course are helpful to give you experience and valuable contacts.


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