Q. Is gaming a viable career option for a developer? Can you tell me about what the industry’s like and how to get into it?

This post is part of a series of questions that have been asked at previous GDC Meet a Mentor events. For the complete list of questions please see this link

Q. Is gaming a viable career option for a developer? Can you tell me about what the industry’s like and how to get into it?

A. Gaming is indeed an exciting opportunity at the moment. Here is some information that may help you look into it further.

Firstly it is important to understand the different sectors within the gaming industry; there is a difference between working in social gaming, console gaming and online gambling. All are potentially attractive career options, but it’s important to understand the differences.

Social gaming is the fastest growing sector within gaming; this article written just over a year ago is a good introduction to the industry: http://www.cartagena-capital.com/news-and-events/news/256-online-social-and-mobile-the-future-of-the-video-games-industry. This is a great alternative to a career in banking  – we at RecWorks work with many of the industry leading social gaming companies in London. If you are interested in hearing more then get in touch with Aaron.

If you’re interested in finding out about console gaming, then check out this interview from Alex Darby, a games developer. It gives you an insight into the games development industry, Alex’s views on the future of the industry and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of moving forward: http://careers.grad-dc.co.uk/category/career-interviews/games-developer/

Another resource to check out is http://www.sloperama.com/advice.html. The idea of this is to help applicants learn what it takes to get in and move up in the game business. Andrew Martin, one of our mentors recommended it as the single most important resource for all his non-technical games industry knowledge, and for getting me my first job.

Online gambling sites can be a very attractive option from a technical perspective. In this interview http://careers.grad-dc.co.uk/2012/03/14/martin-anderson-architect/ Martin Anderson, Site Architect of London based company Betfair, talks about how the site sees 88,000 requests per second, processing over 6 million transactions a day – more than all of the European stock exchanges combined. If you are interested in working in gambling, let us know. We work with many online gambling companies in London and would be happy to discuss this with you and make an introduction. Get in touch with Aaron and let us know what you’re interested in.

If you have any further advice you would offer please add a comment below.

For a full list of all our opportunities, including roles in the finance and travel industry, please visit recworks.co.uk/jobs

@RecWorks

This post is part of a series of questions that have been asked at previous GDC Meet a Mentor events. For the complete list of questions please see this link

The GDC Meet a Mentor events are being organised and run in association with the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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