Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Career in Video Gaming | Career in Online Gaming

Video Gaming industry is worth multi-billion dollar. Its soaring. Budget smartphones and tablets added huge value to video game industry. Android made it truly viral. Today many pockets have smartphones supported by Android. Everyone loves to play video games and hence demand for human resources in video gaming industry is huge. "Worldwide game industry hits $91 billion in revenues in 2016, with mobile the clear leader, writes Dean Takahashi in Venture Beat

According to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), UK game sales in 2016 generated more revenue than either video or music, increasing by +2.9% to £2.96bn (Source). In 2017, size of global video gaming industry going to grow to 108.9 billion dollar which is +7.8% up Year on Year basis. In Asia and the Pacific region, the size of gaming industry is 51.2 billion dollar, which is approximately 47% of world's video industry. (Source)

If we look into these figures, it appears like video gaming industry has huge potential to grow and require human resources in every sphere; game players, beta testers, game developers, video game programmers, game designers, online marketers, sellers, re-sellers, affiliates, entrepreneurs and so on so forth. Video game is a online human mind consumable and hence demand for eligible human resources shall always exist.

You can chose a career in Video Gaming and a make a living out of it. You can play video games or develop and sell them. Here is a beautiful article about professional gaming career. But this is not all, here I am to tell you ways to earn university degree in gaming and make a vibrant career.

Study options for career in game design

Some of the typical study options to start career in Game Design are:
  • Game Design: Game design, level design, digital game development
  • Computer Science: Computer science and simulation
  • Humanities: English, Asian studies, Literature, Linguistics, Economics, etc.
  • Art: Computer animation, Fine art, Illustration, etc.
  • Media: Electronic media arts, Radio/television/film, video, etc.
  • Applied Science: Engineering, Electronics, and Applied Science etc.
  • Information Technology: Management information systems, computing and software systems, and other IT
  • Business: Business marketing
  • High School and 1 or 2 year course work in areas related game design for example short term course in animation, graphics, computer programming etc.
Some of the popular courses in gaming to learn are 
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science
  • Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science
  • Game Design, Bachelor of Science
  • Game Art, Bachelor of Science
  • B.A. (Hons) in Digital Media (Game Development)
  • B.A. (Hons) in Digital Media (Game Design)
  • PG Diploma in 3D Animation
  • PG Diploma in Visual Effects
  • PG Diploma in Game Development
  • PG Diploma in Game Design
  • Diploma in Computer Science
  • BE/B.Tech in Computer Science
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Bachelor degree in IT
  • Bachelor / Master of Fine Arts (BFA/MFA)
  • BA/BSc and MA/MSc etc in general study areas.
You can learn a course online or join campus full time that's complete your choice.

If you are in India and looking to gaming career (Video Game Producer) a diploma or degree in computer science will be helpful. However, the beauty of computing courses is, its up to you, how much and when you want to learn, whether you want to learn free or chosing for a paid course.

Here given list of the institutes offering courses in video gaming and production

International Institute of Gaming and Animation, Mumbai

Image College of Arts, Animation & Technology (ICAT), ChennaiWebsite:

Graphiti School of Animation, MumbaiWebsite:

MAAC - Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics has many centres across India

ANIMASTER, BangaloreWebsite:
Meteor Institute of Digital Design Studies has many centres across India

Job Prospects: Video Gaming is a huge industry and growing. This is niche which shall never stop. With the advent of Augment Reality (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), wearable technology and innovations in robotics, to me it seems hopes are very high for people in video gaming.

Apart from certificate/diploma/degree in Computer Science and Engineering or training in programmes like Animation Game Design, Video Gaming Industry also offers many opportunities to people from other academic areas like Language and Literature, Business and Communication, Journalism and many more.  

Video Game Developers find work opportunities with Game Development Companies and Game Publishers. You may find jobs in following types of industries:
  • Educational institutions
  • Broadcasters
  • DVD and CD-ROM authoring companies
  • Information providers such as local and national government
  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Marketing and advertising agencies
  • Mobile phone companies
  • Design companies
Generally a Video Game Developer performs following tasks at work.
The work of a games developer typically involves:
  • Looking at the design specifications of video game designers
  • Writing code to turn the designer’s concepts into a playable game
  • Using application program interfaces (APIs) – a set of pre-built commands that allow different softwares to interact
  • Programming the game’s terrain
  • Programming artificial intelligence for non-player characters within the game
A professional game developer should have some of the following common skills:
  • Creativity
  • A passion for video games
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of gaming trends
  • Strong analytical frame of mind
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Proficiency in programming languages, such as Python, JavaScript, C# and C++ 
If we talk about earning potential, may be during internship a game developer will get some pocket money or may be non at all. While during first job typical salary could hover around 3 lac per annum. With experience and expertise a successful game developer shall start earning nearly 5 to 6 lacs per annum. Salary largely depends on your usefulness which definitely comes from learning and continuous learning.

Typical Job Titles: Video Games Designer, Software Developer, Game Developer, Video Game Programmer, Audio Engineer, Games Animator, Games Artist, Interpreters and Translators. 

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