For every PC and console gamer, getting a job in the industry is perhaps considered the ultimate dream job. However, with the industry being the size it is, how does one approach this? Here are some of lesser known methods that you could try getting your foot into the door:
At least in Malaysia, the gaming ‘industry’ revolves around taking ready-made products and marketing it to the local userbase. There will be instances were some localisation might be necessary, but your job at the end of the day involves ensuring that your game gets a lot of response. This role is by far the most realistic route and also gives you an idea of what kind of games the average person plays.
Indie go go
If sales and marketing aren’t your thing, here’s another option: With with widespread ability of tools and software up on the Internet that will not cost you a single cent, you can literally take things into your own hands and make the game yourself. While it may be somewhat daunting at first, these software have been made to be as user friendly as possible. If you’re still struggling, there is a large community of indie developers like yourself always ready to lend a hand.
Pick up a brush
Being able to draw is actually a legitimate means of entering the industry. Just ask those fancypants who’ve gone into Lim Kok Wing and ended up working for Ubisoft. Game companies can never have enough artists to help them design characters and assets to be used in their games, so if you’re really good at what you do, this is your chance!
Creativity extends beyond being able to draw, of course. One would argue that the role of a writer is equally just as important, as they are tasked with attaching meaning to all the artwork. From penning down characters and creating the backstory for a particular game, there is no limits to the areas that a writer gets to work on.
And there you have it, some of the best possible means of entering the game industry that you can consider. Chances are, if you’re reading this piece, it has crossed your mind at one point or another, so we hope that this has been of help to you.