So, you love video games and have just graduated from university. With that degree in hand and the world of work beckoning, it feels like the time is now to go out and find a job in video game development. But what does that really entail?

Working in the world of development can mean a host of different things – the roles at studios are varied and diverse, covering everything from graphics programming to back-end system engineering. If you’ve got the passion and drive, video game development can be a rewarding career.

The Market is Thriving

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the know that the video game market is showing continued, sustainable growth. In 2017, the UK market reached a record value of £5.11bn, which is 12 percent growth on 2016. Hardware, physical copies of games, digital and mobile sales all saw impressive growth, showing the robust health of all sectors of the industry.

For graduates looking to enter the development industry, this is all great news. And it wasn’t just the big companies that benefitted from this. Smaller developers, taking advantage of off-the-shelf game engines and the digital market, are also thriving. Whether you’re thinking big or small, the opportunities for hard-working,
dedicated software developers are there.

The Roles

As we said above, there are an array of roles available in game development, covering everything from the audience-facing gaming experience to the nitty gritty behind the scenes.

For those seeking to ply their skills and affect how a game looks and feels, game play programmer may be the role for you. Viewing a game from the user’s perspective, this is all about grafting design elements into a game and ensuring the final product is immersive and engaging.

For those who want to work under the hood of a game, a back-end role may be the route to take. Back-end system engineers deal with writing the code that players will never see, but will feel through gameplay. This can also include working on server-side logic and overseeing the functions of huge online releases.

Graphics programmers, on the other hand, are directly responsible for what a player sees in final release. Working to ensure a game can run across different platforms, the role entails constructing and fine-tuning game engines. This usually involves resolving issues that come up during final optimisation and performance tests.

These are just a few roles on offer, a taster of the varied work available in video game development. If you are a recent graduate and have a burning desire to get into the market, contact Talent Cluster today and start your journey.