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All Fun and Games: How to make video games for a living

You would be hard pushed to find anyone in the world who would turn down the opportunity to turn their favorite hobby into their full-time, paid job. Things such as this always seem to good to be true and yet, this dream is not wholly out of reach. If you are a video game enthusiast who wants to carry this interest through into their professional life and make a career out of it, then you will be pleased to hear that such a path is not too difficult to follow. In this guide, you will learn not only how to get into this exciting and innovative industry but how to be a roaring success at it too.

What training and skill set do you need?

Before you make any big decisions, you will need to see if going into the video game industry is right for you. Entering the business of game developing requires not only a love for the finished games themselves but for the artistry, craft, and technical skill that goes into making them. You need to be aware of what qualifications you will need and be prepared to dedicate yourself to studying them. It is suggested that people wanting to do game developing should have qualifications in art and computer programming at a bachelor’s degree level. Alongside this, you should be taking up as many work experience placements and industry relevant internships you can, trying to complete independent projects to hone your skills as well, to make you stand out to future employers and start building a reputation.

Getting the money together to achieve your goal

Of course, getting these qualifications can be costly and time-consuming so you will need to think long and hard about how you are going to afford to pursue this dream of yours. One way of generating some passive income, that can help offset the costs of daily life while you get saving, is using an investor app. There are many out there designed for beginners and through reading comparisons such as this Robinhood vs Stash review, you can make the right choice for you and the kind of money you want to earn. Doing this can be a great way of keeping afloat while you study and gain work experience.

Forging your own path in the industry

Of course, for those more ambitious and determined like yourself, you will aspire to more than working in a company and want to make your own way in the industry in the future. To do this, you need to find out how to make your own game developing company for professionals and experts who have done it before you. One way of starting out is to seek contracts or grants so that you can get your own games up and running and into the public eye. Combined with this, you can start your own blog and social media profiles to raise the profile of your games.

Game developing is a hard world to get into but can be done with enough hard work.

Nick Saban

By Nick Saban

Nick is a social and community editor for gaming news. He spends his time figuring out how to involve readers better in our journalism, and trying to ensure we cover the topics and angles they want us to cover. As-well-as gaming he also writes about politics, books, music, film, technology and cycling.