FOR YOUR CAREER IN GAMES
Sure you play
games, but have you ever considered making them? Computer and video
game development is a fast-growing entertainment field, with a lot
to offer you professionally and creatively. Your enthusiasm is crucial,
but you'll also need skill and qualifications. Games are as competitive
as any entertainment industry, and it's not easy to get that first
job. But if you've set your sights on the games biz, we're here
to help you build your skills, make informed decisions, and improve
your chances of BREAKING IN.
- The first
thing you should know is just how diverse a game team is. So we've
put together a pretty impressive list of Career
Paths, grouped by category.
- If you want
to know more about the people who make up the industry, we're
here for you. Check out our Developer
Profiles to get to know some of your future colleagues.
- For some
useful pointers, take a look at our Resources
page. It's got a list of schools that offer industry-related coursework,
and lots of other game-development-related goodies so you can
dig deeper into whatever fields interest you.
And for those
of you who think gaming is just a niche market, read up. Interactive
entertainment takes in about $9 billion dollars in the USA alone.
Games are expected to surpass film box-office revenues in the next
couple of years, making it the fastest growing segment of the entertainment
market, and an excellent field for career advancement.
As a game developer,
your creative work will have a wide reach. According to the ESA,
60% of all Americans age six and older, or about 145 million people,
play computer and video games. And 35% of all Americans identified
computer and video games as the most fun entertainment activity.
That's more than television (18%) and movies (11%) combined! In
what other industry could you have this much fun, challenge yourself,
and reach the hearts of countless fans? None. So check out these
pages, get yourself educated, and we'll see you soon.
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