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Is there enough space in the gaming industry?

I am currently working on developing my knowledge on game design so that I can help develop the games that I enjoyed as a kid, and I have always wondered if there were always positions available in the industry. #video-games #gaming #game-development #game-design

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Andy’s Answer

Hi Devin,

It's good to see that you're working on your game design skills and looking to the future. It certainly feels like the games industry is continuing to grow. Since the beginning of the smart phone era it definitely feels like the sheer number of games being released has skyrocketed.

More and more people are playing games these days. It's not just about home consoles and PCs. But like most industries, there are cycles of growth and recession. And demand will vary from location to location so even if you don't see many openings in your area doesn't mean that there isn't demand somewhere else. Overall the health of the games industry seems pretty strong:

https://www.gamedesigning.org/career/job-market/

https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/10/indeed-how-demand-for-game-jobs-has-changed-in-5-years/

The rise of e-sports is also a very telling trend as games garner increased viewership not just on streaming sites like twitch but on network tv as well:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/03/28/esports-continue-tv-push-with-espn-turner-sparking-enthusiasm-ire/

So yeah, if this is your area of interest, better yet, your passion, then definitely pursue it and keep your eyes on this vibrant and growing industry.

I hope that this information helps. Good luck!

Andy

Andy recommends the following next steps:

Keep studying and pursue your education in gaming
Work with your university's career development department on finding internships
Find student groups and make your own games!
Keep playing and watching games to see how they evolve and change, try coming up with your own ideas and mechanics to make fun and engaging experiences
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Anuja’s Answer

Hello Devin,

The status of gaming industry has improved from what it was a decade ago. Today, we have a lot of job roles that need to be filled in a gaming industry.

Career options in the gaming industry range from Game Animation, Game Art Creation in 3D and 2D, Game Design, Game Testing, Game Programming, Project Management, as well as General Management positions.

Below is the link that will talk about various job roles in gaming industry and the skills required for the same:

https://careers.5ca.com/blog/5-types-of-video-game-jobs/

Gaming just like any other business will have different fields and you need to decide which filed piques your interest and based on that you need to develop your skillsets.

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