Game developer

Also known as:

  • Electronic Game Developer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer

What they do

Game developers are responsible for the design, creation and production of computer and video games. They work with a team of people including animators, 3D artists, software developers, digital video-sound editors and testers during the game development process. Game developers may specialise in a particular type of platform such as games for Nintendo, Xbox or Playstation, or games that can be played on PCs, tablets and mobile devices. In Western Australia, game developers mostly work in the Perth metropolitan area.

Specialisations include: Multimedia specialist

Working conditions

Game developers work in an office environment and generally work on game design projects with other team members. They usually work business hours, however, developing a video or computer game is a lengthy process and game developers may work overtime (evenings and on weekends) during a project to meet deadlines.

Tools and technologies

Game developers use computers, specialist software programs, graphics, and audio and sound equipment in the process of developing video and computer games.

Your choice of software tools and programming languages will strongly depend on the platforms being developed for. Developers who produce code for browser-based games may use scripting and coding languages like JavaScript, Flash ActionScript, Java, HTML and CSS. Games that run on dedicated game consoles or smart phones will often have specific programming languages required for each platform. A variety of programming languages and developer environments can be used to produce games for desktop computers. There are also stand-alone game development suites which can compile games for a wide variety of platforms at once.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a game developer you usually need to gain a qualification in game design, game development, digital media technologies or a related field.

The Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games and Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Games Design) are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia

Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

You can also study a degree majoring in game design, games software and production, games technology, digital design or a related field.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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