So you want to pursue the gaming industry, but your not sure how it works and you arent familiar with what it’s truly about. Well the harsh reality is that its a vial place and almost near impossible to be successful. This thread is going to cover what it takes to be in the industry, how it works, the reality and what not to do. After being a part of the industry for over 15 years I have seen it all. I worked from Level Design, to Ownership to Management and I can tell you the ins and outs of how it all works. I will be adding new segments when I get the chance to add more so please be patient and keep checking back!
Section 1: The Gaming Industry
One of the largest profit makers in the entire world. The gaming industry practically runs the world, and let’s be honest. That’s pretty much why we are here, looking to pursue a career in the industry and do what we have the passion to do, to develop games for everyone to enjoy. But what makes it such a thriving industry and is it even possible to join? Well of course anyone can join, but it comes down to the odds of being able to join. So your an experienced developer huh? Well let’s see, last year alone I went through 450 applicants for one project, those people had experience, education, and passion. How many were chosen out of those 450, well lets see… about 28 people were hired. Which means 422 were denied. Now it’s your turn to apply…oh wait your number 451, so what makes you think you will be chosen? Well it’s odds like that you will be facing everyday of your life in this industry. You are pursuing a career that over 10 million other people want to pursue and your just that 1 little ant out of 10 million people. But lets say your chosen, what now? Well as a Game Developer your starting from the bottom, you might not even be making games. You might be delivering mail to the executives, making minimum wage of lets say $10/hour, you cant live off that. Lets say your promoted to level designer, well you’ve been there a year and now your making $13/hour, still cant live off that. You see, just because your skilled and experienced doesn’t mean your making big busk. Companies can’t afford to have every single employee on full-time so obviously it’s part-time work.
Let’s say you now make it to full-time, 40 hours a week. Well heres the scary truth, you’ll be making less than a carpenter would be making. Unless your a lead or supervisor, you’ll be making very little money, it sucks but thats how the industry works. Many of you see the industry as a great place to be, and it’s your dream job, but your dream job will be paying you a ****** salary. I hate to say it, but back when I would work payroll I did’t see any pretty checks for the newbies or lowbies.
Looking past all that the industry never stays the same, technology advances daily and it shifts daily. One day you’ve got the skills and the next day someone comes in with better skills, so what happens next? Well your *** is fired and replaced by someone who is better than you. There is no stability in the entertainment industry, I’ve seen people come and go faster than I’ve seen flies drop. Because EVERYONE IS REPLACEABLE [Entertainment Industry Quote]. I see many people on here quoting they are 20 year experienced freelancers asking for high pay, those are the people that will never be hired by one of us and you could tell. If after 20 years they use forums to find work than obviously they didn’t make it or they are lying and scamming you for money.
Those of you claiming to know the industry are so far from reality that it would be embarrassing to see them work in a professional environment. Take it from someone who has had many years of experience in the industry, not here to degrade people or stop them from reaching goals. Just trying to give you the education and reality of how things work.
MORE COMING SOON
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