Gaming has grown immensely over the past 3 decades. This growth is so fast that some analysts believe by 2025, the industry will be worth over 300 Billion. It is also expected to register a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period 2020-2025. This lucrative and very entertaining field has attracted the brightest talents from around the world.
In Canada alone more than 135,000 people work in jobs related to gaming. At first glance, this may seem as an impossible industry to get into. A black box with no way in. But if there is a will, there is a way! Here are our top 4 tips for you if you want to start your career in this industry.
Participate in game discussions online
Many game developers and indie producers/designers spend their time online interacting with people in discussion boards. This is one of the most important avenues of networking for them and considering the challenges COVID-19 presents, it will only grow bigger and more prominent.
This is a good opportunity for you to know about their daily lives, their struggles, the opportunities and also talking about your aspirations.
Intern or become a Beta Tester
One of the best ways to find your foothold in any company is to intern for them. Gaming companies are no different. You can look into company websites and job boards to know about their job openings, contact them directly, or even visit them in fairs and events.
Another way is to become a beta tester for their games and get paid for it.Beta testers are those who check the game for errors, overall structure and ease of play. You will be exposed to the world of development and you can navigate your way to where you want to end up much easier.
Get a gaming related degree
If you want to know more about gaming, nothing can prepare you better than studying it at a college or a University. The opportunities are nearly limitless, so are the colleges who present them.
You can start as a sound editor, producer, coder, artist, voice actor or a graphic designer. All you need to do is to discover your interest and follow your passion.
More important than any of the factors mentioned above, is your desire and will power to never give up. The road ahead may seem hard, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
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