Friday, October 15, 2010

Your Guide to Career Paths in Games Development 2010 (free)

The game industry is still in its infancy and growing exponentially.  Regions around the world are trying to capitalize on its growth.  TIGA a trade association representing the UK’s games industry recently produced a 16 page booklet, ‘Your Guide to Career Paths in Games Development’.  It is a career guide for the UK gamming industry and gives an overview of the kinds of jobs and career paths you should expect find.  Ultimately, it is a tool to stimulate the gamming industry in the UK and TIGA states on their site, “TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.”  No matter where we live, we all want to see this growth locally.  I want it to happen here in Denver.  The film industry is Hollywood . . . WHERE IS THE GAME INDUSTRY?

Colorado is larger than the UK by 5,000 sq miles, has better weather, and has a 10th of the population;  we have tons of room to grow! And everyone who moves here doesn’t want to leave.  Let’s make Denver the center of the gamming industry or better yet the center for 3D content creation.  Now, realistically there is a lot more to it then sq miles and a surplus of sunny days, but Denver has everything going for it including being one of the top creative cities in the country.

The  booklet is available in digital format free from  It is worth checking out, particularly if you want to ride the “real-time” wave.   --  Cornell



  From the TIGA website (here) :

logo[1]The computer games industry is one of the fastest growing entertainment industries in the world. The UK games development sector is a world beating industry. We have the fifth largest games development sector in the world in terms of revenue and the largest in Europe. 28,000 people work in the games industry and there are more than 200 games development studios across the UK.

A career in games development is rewarding. Average salaries are £32,388 per annum, which is significantly higher than the national average of £25,000. Developing games is also intrinsically innovative and creative. There are various jobs and career paths within the games development sector, including artists, computer programmers, designers, testers and producers – all have a role to play in developing a successful game.

Generally you need to have a good degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant qualification to stand a chance of securing a job in the industry. Games developers in the UK are based across the country including Brighton, Cambridge, Dundee, Guildford, London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Yorkshire and the Midlands. Developing games offers a creative, rewarding and challenging career path in an industry set to become the Hollywood of the 21st Century.

‘Your Guide to Career Paths in Games Development’ gives an overview of the kinds of jobs and career paths you should expect in the games industry, including entry-level requirements and likely routes of progression.

Dr. Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO stated: “In our experience people are often unaware of the fantastic opportunities that exist in the UK games industry. They also do not realize the size of the industry here in the UK. We hope this guide will offer people practical, straight-forward advice on how to secure a job in this exciting sector.”

To download the guide click here