Computer Games Developer

Job Description:

Computer games developers make games for the internet, mobile phones, PCs and games consoles.

Job Category:
IT Industry

What you will do:

You’ll be working on computer games that may take several months or years to produce.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • deciding what a game should look like and how it should play
  • coming up with your own original ideas or working from an existing concept
  • creating the game’s visual characters, objects and scenery
    producing concept art and drawings (storyboards) at the planning stage
  • bringing the characters, objects and scenery to life with computer modelling and animation software & sound effects
  • creating the code to make the game work

You’ll report to a producer or project manager, who oversees the whole process and makes sure that the finished game is completed on time.

Skills:

You’ll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to write computer code
  • maths knowledge
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

As well as:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent IT skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • creativity and imagination
  • a logical approach to problem-solving
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
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Entry Requirements:

You’ll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computer games technology, computer games development or multimedia design. A degree with a work placement could give you an advantage.

Employers will be interested in your knowledge of software and the computer games market and will want to see proof of your talent and creativity, as well as formal qualifications.

You could start as a quality assurance (QA) tester. You don’t need a degree to start at this level, but you must have plenty of experience of game playing.

Working Hours and Environment:

Working hours in the computer games industry can vary. In many jobs you’ll work standard office hours, with some unsocial hours (such as evenings and weekends) and overtime to meet deadlines.

You could be based in an office or a studio, depending on your role. You’ll spend most of your time sitting at a computer.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could progress to a senior developer, producer or technical director role.