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Game Developer

Game Developer

Use logic, creative thinking and technology to build video games for an array of platforms.

What's it like to be a Game Developer?

A Game Developer is a Software Developer who specialises in creating computer or video games. Game Developers may focus on one or more platforms (such as PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo or PC), or specialise in mobile or handheld game development. They may specialise further in a particular aspect of game development, such as programming the game’s Artificial Intelligence or virtual landscapes.

Tasks and duties

  • Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code to create game framework and individual elements.
  • Utilising creative thought to design new elements or products.
  • Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
  • Testing specific elements or products and implementing improvements.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
Game Developers interact with computers daily, and have strong knowledge of computer programming, as well as sound and visual design, and 2D and 3D animation. They usually work within teams at game development studios alongside Animators, Designers and Producers. Game Developers may also work freelance.

What can I earn as a Game Developer?

The most common salary  for a Game Developer is between $95k and $110k
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How to become a Game Developer

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It is possible to work as a Game Developer without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of Computer Science.
  1. The technology in use in the gaming industry evolves constantly. It is important to keep up to date with the programming languages and game engines that are currently in use in the industry and aim to specialise in one of the in-demand programming languages.
  2. Undertake a qualification in Computer Science with a focus on Game Development. This could be a Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915), Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215), or Bachelor degree majoring in Software Development.

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How do Game Developers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 2 Game Developers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Regular fullstack developer
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Programming
The good things
The feeling of having work on a game that thousands of people can enjoy.
The challenges
Deal with priority changes as the work is driven by what the game needs to get better in terms of retention an monetization
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Information Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Educational Software
The good things
The responsibility of desicion making and looking after your staff. Watching them grow and providing feedback. Tackling complex issues head-on without fear.
The challenges
You'll be coding and designing a lot less. Many people pass up the chance to be Team Lead because they enjoy the developer aspect a lot more.
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What are the job opportunities for Game Developers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Game Developer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
20.5%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers
Latest Game Developer jobs on SEEK
Geco Gaming
Sydney > North West & Hills District
GECO Gaming are currently seeking a talented HTML5 Game Developer to join our team based at Norwest Business Park.
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VGW
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Senior Game Developer required to assist VGWs gifted product team on their Chumba Slots game.
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VGW
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Join the VGW team as a Fullstack Game Developer working on slots within one of our leading products.
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Hyre.
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Join a leading gaming/platform company using cutting edge tech as they continue to grow.
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