The gaming industry began solely as a source of entertainment for kids and teenagers. Right now the industry has grown to be more profitable than the film and music industries combined. It is the economic sector, involved in the development, marketing, and monetization of video games.
It encompasses dozens of job disciplines and employs hundreds and thousands of people all over the world. Many kids who grew up playing and loving games are now pursuing a high-paying career within the industry proving people, who thought it was just a waste of time, Wrong!
In today’s world, the gaming industry in India is expected to become one of the world’s leading markets. It has seen massive growth in the last five years and is expected to reach a whopping 4 billion dollar industry by 2025.
The gaming industry invites men and women of all ages but attracts children and teenagers who are in school or are going to get into college, the most. During this time, thinking about career growth in the same industry as it is interesting, it is attractive for them, so working in the same field will help them work better and become successful faster.
But before doing so, there may come a lot of questions, doubts, and obstacles so let’s clear some of those doubts through this blog.
What Role is For You?
The most crucial aspect is deciding where to work and what are the average payouts in those roles. A lot of people know they want to get into the gaming industry because they like games (duh.) but they don’t know about the work they would do. Ultimately, it all comes down to who makes more money because I don’t know about you but I like money.
When venturing into the world of gaming, the careers can be simply categorized into two parts- one who creates the game; The Game Creator, and the other who plays the game; The Gamer.
The Game Creator
Although there are hundreds of jobs and positions in the game-making industry, most of them come under three parts- Design, Art & Programming.
- Design: Design is the easiest to cover. It includes things like Weapon System Design, Combat Design, Loot System Design, Audio Engineering, Sound Design, and many more. Think about the Elderflame Vandal in Valorant, the colors, the sound effects, the look-up, the kill animations, the headshot animations, and the bullet textile design come under this part.
- Art: This part includes job roles like Character Artists, Environment Artists, Visual Artists, Voice Artists, Game Animators, FX Artists, 2D & 3D artists, and more. The environment design in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece (I hope we can all agree on this one).
- Programmers: Finally we have got the programmers (the nerds). There are roles like Quality Assurance Tester (Game Testers), Gameplay Programmers, AI Programmers, Network Programmers (DevOps), and again, many more. Even though they are the tech brains behind every game we play, without them, the game just won’t work.
How to Become a Professional Gamer?
This part of the blog might be the only part, you’re here for. To become a gamer and get paid for it, you need to have top-notch skills. It doesn’t matter which game you’re playing as long as you are the best in that game. You should have the confidence to boast that yes, I am the best in this game and no one can beat me in this game along with substantial evidence to prove your words.
This is why Professional Gamers like Shroud, Tenz, Ninja, Mortal, ClutchGod, Venom, Dynamo, and many more stream their games. It serves a lot of purposes such as increasing followers, having a gaming portfolio and video recorded proof of it, generating revenue through donations, and also increasing subscribers of your channel.
Once you reach that level, you can start participating in Tournaments (Esports) where you can win big with the Prize Pool. But tournaments don’t happen every day so that’s just a One-Shot-One-Bullet type of income.
Job Opportunities for Gamers
Professional Tech Brands such as Intel, Razor, HP, and Asus also hand a monthly payout to these kinds of streamers just to showcase their logo in their streams.
Other than this, there are a lot of ways to have a side income alongside your main gaming career. For example, after a long streaming session, gamers make a montage of their gameplays and release them on online video platforms such as Youtube and monetize them.
If you have the talent, passion, and drive to dedicate your life to video games, you should as well build a career in it or around it.
Other Supporting Roles in the Gaming Industry
Even if the game acts as a first-hand representation, the industry is still a business and acts like any other company. Many jobs within the gaming industry aren’t restricted to video games. It needs people for support and function such as:
- Marketing & Sales
- Business & Management
- Narrative/Creative Copywriter
- Game Journalist/Critic
- Consumer Experience
What Does The Gaming Industry Have To Offer?
A career in the gaming industry is highly lucrative and high paying right now. From my experience, designers & artists get paid at the same level while developers get paid a bit more. Here are some of the average salaries and payouts for the most common jobs and careers in the gaming industry in India:
- Game Tester: ₹ 30,000/month
- Game Programmers: ₹ 60,000/month
- Game Developer: ₹ 50,000/month
- Game Designer: ₹ 45,000/month
- Game Artist: ₹ 45,000/month
- Game Animator: ₹ 30,000/month
- Creative Director: ₹ 55,000/month
- Audio Engineer/Sound Designer: ₹ 60,000/month
- Copywriter: ₹ 35,000/month
- Business & Management: ₹ 60,000/month
- Professional Gamer: ₹ 1,00,000/month
How to Prepare for Jobs in the Gaming Industry?
The video game industry is growing so fast every year that it makes plenty of employment available but there are some things to be kept in mind before making your final decision to work in this industry. It’s not always fun and games (well, technically it is, but you know what I mean).
This is the most controversial and scary topic when it comes to games because this mostly scares people away from joining the industry. It sounds simple; You work Overtime, and you get paid extra for your hard work. Well, that is not exactly the case here. In the video game world, we call it the “Crunch”.
Take Cyberpunk, for example, the video game release deadline was fixed but the developers hadn’t yet finished developing the game, thus they had the crunch in the extra hours, working night shifts, and everything they could do to just release the game. Guess what happened?
The game was bombarded with thousands of bugs and glitches that made the experience horrible. And this is quite common in this industry. You will be expected to do all the extra hard work for the same pay.
Indie vs Big Companies:
Indie companies mean independent companies that produce independent games made by independent developers made in indie studios (Raji: An Ancient Epic is an Indie Game) have less than 20 people working while the Big shots or the Triple As (AAA) have over a thousand employees working for the company worldwide such as EA, Rockstar, Ubisoft and so on. They both have different payout structures, different job focus, and work pressure with different benefits and problems.
When starting, it’s better to join an Indie Studio because you’ll have an impact on how the game plays and how good it is at the end of the day while making something like a 3D mansion as an out-of-map background in a game like Call of Duty (no one cares) barely matters.
It is not rocket science, getting successful in this industry is just a big old Grind (any Genshin Impact players here?). By successful I mean, earning up to 1 lakh rupees a year. It is gonna be a long climb to get there as much as any other industry. But I feel that you would have to put in extra time, effort, and work into this industry to make as much as you would, in another industry.
If you have to keep moving up, you have to update your portfolio to show companies your work (that you own) and not the work you did in your last job (which could get you sued). In the end, you have to do more than just be good at your job, to reach new heights and upgrade your career and salary.
How To Land Your First Job In The Gaming Industry?
Last but not least question would be about how to get that first job? How to break into the industry? It is like starting most things, in the beginning, is the hardest part. Once you have one job on your resume, it’s a lot easier to land other jobs in the future with increasing returns. But, if you haven’t worked anywhere before, the company has to take a risk with you.
My Two Cents:
- Expan Your Network: As the saying goes, Your Network is your Net Worth, it stands by it. Create connections, and increase your network, especially with people who are already working in the industry. You never know, who will act as a Guardian Angel and help you land your first gaming job.
- Work on Your Portfolio: Almost everyone in the gaming industry has an extensive portfolio of some kind, whether you’re an artist, designer, or programmer because when you apply for companies, you need something to show them, especially for someone who’s a beginner (Noob Alert) because you don’t have anything to show or a game that you have worked on. So having a portfolio is essential.