Gaming

Working In Or With The Gaming Industry

Probably unsurprising to our readers, we’re enormous fans of practically anything and everything to do with video games. That was one of the reasons we created this website, to give us an outlet to engage within the various nerdy spheres of our interest. Of course, it’s not just our staff who followed their passions into this world, as many thousands of others have similarly forged a path to their own digital domain.

One of the best things about video games is that they don’t stop, and have shown no sign of reaching whatever nebulous point might illustrate their maximum potential. Each year brings more games, big and small, and this necessitates more workers on all sides of the industry. Using this idea as a basis, we want to examine at just a few of the possible ways to find jobs involving gaming. It worked for us, and it could work for you too.

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Taking a Direct Route

If you want to cut right to the heart of the matter, then the best way to engage in gaming is probably going to come from actually working on a game. Note that, at least on the upper tiers, this is an immensely competitive environment, so it can be a good idea to first generate a portfolio.

A great way to get started can be to look within the indie gaming world. Online services like job websites or game development forums can guide you here, and give you a handle on the demands which such work will imply. Whether working on the programming or the artistic side of the equation, any experience here will help you get a foot in the door, even if the project never reaches launch.

If you possess a wide range of skills or a well-formed vision, it might even be possible to start your own game. Remember that some of the most popular games in the last few years like Stardew Valley and Undertail have been developed by single people or small teams while going on to sell millions of copies.

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On the Outside Looking In

The other route, and the one which we took, is to work outside the industry to analyze, comment, discuss, or review. There are dozens of possible different avenues here depending on your tastes and passions, and these can be far from traditional.

Maybe you’ll want to focus on one section of a major property in YouTube videos, for example. Cover all the different DC licensed games over the years, and give your take on who made the best, who made worst, and where they might be improved. A difficult pursuit, yes, but not an impossible task.

You might instead be a fan of casino sites like Skycity, in which case you could review components like free spins, bonus offers, and the types of games like slots and roulette that they offer. While these two might demonstrate more popular examples, remember that there are still a lot of niches out there not yet explored, if you know where to start.

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Batman: Arkham City” (CC BY 2.0) by JBLivin

At current rates of growth, revenue from video games is expected to reach $180.1 billion by 2021, up from $135 billion in 2018. Whether directly or indirectly contributing to these worlds, this increasing growth is going to result in rising demand on all sides of the gaming industry. If you ever dreamed of working with games, from programming to reviewing and everything in-between, there’s never been a better time to start.

 

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