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Dream of Developing Video Games? 4 Essential Steps for Breaking Into the Industry
Posted By: Anica Oaks on April 22, 2019

The video game industry is incredibly popular, with many people wanting to get into it. The problem, of course, is that there is stiff competition and it can be difficult to stand out. This is true regardless of whether you want to run an indie game studio or get a job at a prestigious, established company. Here are four essential steps you need to take in order to break into this industry.

Get an Education


Although a formal education is not strictly necessary to get into this industry, it can help significantly. If you are looking to get a formal degree, computer science, art, computer graphics, or game design are good choices. You can get these degrees from a general college or from a technical school specializing in video game development. Whether or not you decide to pursue a formal education, you should begin by learning about the process that goes into making a video game. Read up on the industry, the kind of work that goes into a game, the programs used, and more.

Practice


The only way to get better at any artistic endeavor is to practice. For video game development, this includes coding, art design, writing, and other elements that go into the creation of a video game. Consider making a small game on your own and see how it turns out. Practice new and varied techniques on your own time and work to improve your value, skills, and range as a developer.

Assemble a Portfolio


As with all other creative professions, a solid portfolio of work will help you land a job and break into this industry. The work displayed in your portfolio does not have to have been created for a job. It can be practice work that is of especially good quality and that you are proud of. Be sure your creative portfolio showcases your range as well as your best work. It can be a bit of a challenge to decide what works should go into a portfolio and which ones should be left out, but with some careful consideration you can choose the right composition.

Consider How Profits Will Be Made


If you are hoping to create an indie game, you will need to have a strong sense of production costs relative to the amount of profit you realistically hope to earn from the game. Otherwise, you will lose money and have difficulty funding future projects. Of course, it is impossible to know what games will be successful, or even sell, and which ones will not, but you can increase your chances with solid marketing. One way you can plan on making profits is by using game monetization software.

For someone who dreams of developing video games, there has never been a better time to get involved. The industry is incredibly competitive, however, so you will need a good plan, strong credentials and to follow the right steps if you want to be successful. If you play your cards right, you can break into this industry.
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