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2012 Game Career Outlook

When Game Developer Magazine issued their “Career Guide, Fall 2012,” they shared some great insights into what you can expect out of your game career. We were particularly interested in how well the most popular game careers worked out for technicians and artists trying to pay their bills. Consult the chart below to gauge how your current or future career in games is projected to play out, in terms of salary and experience.

Visceral Games

Visceral Games is a division of Electronic Arts, formerly known as EA Redwood Shores. The game development studio is best known for the horror third-person shooter series Dead Space.

Technical Writer

Working closely with the software engineers and systems engineers, technical writers are responsible for creating numerous forms of documentation; these include online help pages, user manuals, internal design specifications, and similar publications. Their primary task is to distill large amounts of technical instruction and jargon into clear, detailed documents that accurately describe the functions and components of pertinent technologies.

Quantic Dream

David Cage, a professional musician and game designer, established the French game development studio in 1997. Today, Cage serves as President of Quantic Dream with CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière.

Playfish

Note: In April 2013, Electronic Arts announced it would discontinue all remaining Playfish games on Facebook.

Playfish develops social games for mobile devices and online platforms like Facebook, engaging more than 37 million players each month. Electronic Arts acquired the developer in 2009.

Vicarious Visions

Guha and Karthik Bala started Vicarious Visions in the basement of their parents’ home in 1991 while the two were still in high school. In 1994, the company was incorporated and moved to a college dorm room. Vicarious Visions signed its first publishing deal for the Synnergist PC CD-ROM that same year.

BioWare

Soon after graduating as medical doctors, Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip founded BioWare as a game development studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 2008, Electronic Arts acquired the company.

Firaxis Games

Firaxis Games is the home of award-winning developer Sid Meier, who serves as president and director of creative development. His contributions to the video game industry have earned him a place in the Computer Museum of America Hall of Fame and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Online Gameplay Programmer

Online games, unlike offline console or PC titles, are in a constant state of evolution. As new players join the community, and early adopters tire of the same old thing, developers must find ways to constantly keep the game fresh and exciting while also improving performance and functionality.

Retro Studios

Retro Studios is the video game development studio founded by Jeff Spangenberg and responsible for the Metroid series. In May of 2002, Nintendo acquired Retro and reclassified the studio as a first-party developer of the Japanese company.