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Would you rather work for a video game company or a software company as a programmer?

I'm currently debating on which route to take after College. #Programming

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Antonio’s Answer

Hi Calvin,

I think the main difference is related to the final product, in terms of coding and programming it would be kind of the same type of work; but if you love videogames, you'll probably have more enthusiasm on viewing your work completed and being there in the market, and maybe playing it too. Also you need to consider the work environment and the benefits on both companies so you can take a good decision.

Hope this helps,
Good luck!
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Angel’s Answer

Hi, I don't believe there is a difference between both. Before making a decision you should also research the working environment, benefits offered, and other perks of each company, as these items will also affect how you work environment.
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Rodrigo’s Answer

Hi Calvin Y.

its depends in what you would like to spend you time, if you love videogames, you will prefer workng on that, and only focus on that, write and develop some graphics, but as a programmer you may enter to any kind of company, consumption, cars, finance, legal, credit etc, and you will use any kind of languages depending the project and company
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Chetan’s Answer

Programming would not differ much in Gaming company or Software company in terms of data structure/algorithms etc.
Only thing is that for Gaming company, you need to be more creative to write games, and you need more knowledge of games, designing, 2d/3d/mobile etc. And more importantly, you should have interest in those screen games.
Whereas in case of software companies, you mostly need in-depth domain knowledge, especially for product based software companies.
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Dean’s Answer

The Video Game industry can be a challenging place to work with long hours and lack of job stability. In gaming you may find that you spend more time looking for new jobs compared to other types of programming as gaming companies tend to go through more cycles of hiring and layoffs. The good news is that the skills you develop working on games will translate well to other developer jobs should you decide to switch over. From what I have seen, it is harder to get into game development from other types of software than it is to move from game development.
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avi’s Answer

There is no simple straight forward answer , follow your heart and passion but honestly i dont believe no one here can aswer ..
But from experience working for a Game company ans be apart of a design team an amazing adventure.

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Jason’s Answer

There is no correct answer. If Video Gaming development is your passion that maybe the right choice for you. One thing to be aware of there are lots of individuals who love gaming and have a dream of doing it for a living. Thus there is a high supply of programmers, especially at the entry level, because of this the pay can often be lower than at nongaming software company. Just remember your not locked into whichever you choose. You can always change if it isn't right for you.
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