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Gaming Is Powering Job Generation

The gaming industry’s rise has opened up a plethora of career options for gaming enthusiasts

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Online gaming has grown by leaps and bounds to become an intrinsic part of entertainment across the globe. A report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Ikigai Law pegs the Indian gaming market at $930 million today and predicts the industry will soon grow bigger than the music, movie, and television industries put together. It also shows a steep rise in the number of Indian game developers. Besides 275 game development companies and over 15,000 game developers, there are also 5,468 Indian game publishers present on Google Play Store offering 19,518 games across categories.

Government initiatives like ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ are further promoting Indian game developers. These trends show huge potential and growth for gaming users and companies. Increased user bases not only translate into higher time spend and revenue for companies but also have an overall impact on the gaming ecosystem, including the employment it generates. 

As per job search website Indeed, searches and posting for the gaming industry grew by 13 per cent and 15 per cent respectively in January 2021 compared to 2020. The number of job postings was double in comparison to job searches pointing towards a high appetite in the gaming industry.

In light of the market being on the rise and the opportunities it can provide, below are some career options for gaming enthusiasts:

Game Developer: A person in this role is involved in building the gaming interface while also taking charge of ideation to execution of the entire game. Coding, programming, and designing are the key areas of work, in this case, requiring good knowledge of programming languages like Java or C++. 

Game Designer: Alongside conceptualisation of gaming elements, a game designer also does market research to gauge acceptability and create differentiation for the game. 

Sound Designer: Sound designers provide the sound effects in a game to enhance the users’ experience and make it more immersive. This profile requires one to understand the user journey and accordingly draft sounds to complement it. 

Animator: Good animation by skilled animators can make or break any game. It involves creating characters and animations in the game. An animator requires creativity and skill to create an unforgettable experience for players.

Game Tester: A game tester checks whether a game is airtight before it goes live. It includes playing the game repeatedly to ensure it is smooth and bug-free. While the profile is every gamer’s dream, the job can also be tedious under the pressure of tight deadlines. 

Professional Gamer: Professional gamers, whose job is to play for money, often play on behalf of companies to check the difficulty level of games and sometimes also as part of various events and tournaments. One needs to be a die-hard gaming enthusiast to become a professional gamer.  

Game Coach or Reviewer: A game reviewer, like any other reviewer, gives reviews and individual thoughts about a game. This profile is a great crossover between a gamer and a writer or thinker. They have a thorough understanding of and extensive experience in the gaming industry. Having vast knowledge of various games in the Indian and international markets is an important requirement for the job. 

Aside from the overall gaming industry being on a strong ascend, jobs in gaming are ideal for creative people with an analytical bent of mind and can make for very satisfying careers.

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Amit Kushwaha

Head of brand strategy at Gameskraft

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