Becoming a professional gamer is not the only way to make money in the gaming industry. If you have a passion for video games, you have plenty of options when it comes to forming a career out of it. From developing to editing to promoting, among many other options, you can start laying the foundation for a career out of your love for video games! Below, we cover the essential elements of a fulfilling career in the gaming industry.
Explore Your Options
Your first step is to research the various directions to take your career in the video game industry. Determining this early on will direct you to the type of education and internships you should pursue. For instance, would you like to make money by playing video games? Look into the sports industry, including reviewing games, testing games, playing in competitions, and creating live tutorials.
Of course, there are even more options when it comes to developing games. You could create a career path in coding, design, promotion, editing, engineering, and many other fields. Even if you don’t want to develop video games, you could work as a producer, sales representative, product marketing manager, or brand manager.
Dive Into Learning
You can learn a lot by self-teaching. But as with other industries, a relevant college degree can prove valuable when you build a career in the gaming industry. Look to online schools that provide a flexible course schedule and will allow you to work and tend to other responsibilities as you earn your degree. Also, try to find internships where you work on projects related to the video gaming industry. Another option is to take advantage of online resources for learning essential skills for video game development.
Get Your First Job
Getting your first job in any industry can be challenging, but there are a few things you can do to position yourself for success. Start by building an online portfolio that showcases the projects that best demonstrate your skills and style. If you don’t have many projects to present, show what you have and make it your mission to build your portfolio as you work on projects through your internships and classes.
Also, scour online job boards and ask around your network for potential jobs in the gaming industry. If you don’t have much of a network, that is something to begin working on now! Engage on social media, look for local and national gaming industry events that you can attend, and even start playing online to meet other avid gamers. The more people you know that work in the industry, the better your chances of getting your foot in the door.
The video gaming industry is providing lucrative careers to countless fans. Remember to learn all the different paths you can take in the industry and get all the education you need to start strong. Lastly, constantly work to build your network so that you can land your first gig. Before long, you will find yourself on track to make a living doing something you love!
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By Sarah from Economymom.com