PREPARING FOR YOUR CAREER IN GAMES
The International Game Developers Association.
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.
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.
This site was created by game industry professionals and educators to provide students and parents with an unbiased information source about educational options. There is no one-size-fits-all answer; what's right for one person or discipline may be wrong for another. An education is an important and expensive investment; the most important thing you can do is educate yourself about the game industry, the disciplines involved, the choices available, and how to go about making a decision. You're the only one who can protect yourself from predatory schools or schools that mean well but have ill-conceived game programs.
This site is divided into 4 main sections:
- The Game Industry
- Jobs in game development, what they require, and how to prepare
- Game Education
- How to make the right choice for YOU
Your search shouldn't stop here, there are many other sources of information available, and we've gathered links that we can recommend for you to continue your journey.
Version 01.14dc by (in alphabetical order) Dan Carreker, Kevin O'Gorman, Scott Roberts, Tom Sloper, Jim Rivers