The reality is, there are thousands of people who do have those cool jobs working in the video game industry. In fact, for those of you who were told by your parents to get off the couch and do something with your life, the reality is, playing video games can be a key to success in the gaming industry, says Marc Mencher, president of Game Recruiter, the premier search firm in the game industry.
For nearly 20 years, Game Recruiter has earned an international reputation for recruiting the top technical, production, and executive staff in the industry.
“To get into the games industry one must be a creative thinker and have a love/focus for playing video games,” says Mencher. “Someone who has played a ton of games on several different platforms makes the best candidate for the industry.”
A video game job goes far beyond just creating or testing games for a Wii, Xbox or Playstation, to name a few. Professionals are needed to create games for computers, hand-held devices, mobile devices, and through social media networks, as well as the traditional gaming systems. But the industry needs workers who do more than just create the games. There are numerous job opportunities and positions in the gaming industry, including these positions, according to Mencher:
- Artist: Create 2D concepts, 3D environments, textures, models, technical art and animation
- Audio: Create the music for the game
- Business Development: Acquiring IP’s and doing business deals with developers
- Customer support: Provide instruction, help and “support” to people using your product
- Game Designer: Create story and mechanics to develop gameplay
- Human Resources: hiring, staffing, benefits, etc.
- IT: Keep internal systems working
- Producer: Manage production teams, drive schedule and budget
- Programmer: Produce all code and tools for gameplay
- Quality Assurance: Squash bugs and enhance gameplay through testing process
- Sales and Marketing: Develop or implement strategies that include PR, brand management, product launch, etc.
- Web/Portal development: Create an online presence
While having experience playing video games does help, one common misconception, according to Mencher, is that this is an easy career and all one does is play video games all day. People interested in this industry need to identify what their area of expertise and interest is and then identify which segment of the industry matches that.