What does a Game Developer do?

Game developers often work on teams and help to make a game’s concept or ideas come to life. They are involved in the creation of a story, outlining the design, and creating game prototypes. They are responsible for the design and development of video games for units including a personal computer, a consul, or a mobile application. They code the base engine from the ideas of the game's design team, and may be called upon to assist with character design with novel design animation and with unit testing.

Game developers generate game scripts and storyboards and translate the designer ideas into functional game codes. Sometimes they contribute to audio and animation, design, and character animation. They also troubleshoot code and fix bugs. Game developers need a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science, knowledge of the latest gaming trends, strong artistic and technical skills, and proficiency with programming languages including C++, Java, and C.

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Game Developer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,000 /yr
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Game Developer Career Path

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Gameplay Programmer
19 Nov 2021

“The people I work with are experienced and allow me to learn and grow everyday.”

Cryptic StudiosCryptic Studios
Game Director
28 Oct 2020

“Don't work here if you expect to work on the latest and greatest AAA game/tech.”

Knighted VenturesKnighted Ventures
Gaming Associate
6 Jul 2021

“Decent starting pay of 16 an hour with a current 3 dollar bonus per hour spent inside the casino.”

Unity Game Developer
21 May 2021

“you get to work with a good and fun team”

American Gaming AssociationAmerican Gaming Association
Gaming Associate
4 Sep 2021

“People are nice and good”

Teravision Games
Game Programmer
3 May 2021

“Good and amazing peers.”

Delta Force Paintball
Games Marshall
8 Jun 2020

“Generally enjoyable and fun people to work with.”

Complete Control
Lead Game Developer
3 Aug 2021

“Fun and fulfilling projects for great clients.”

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