Games developers are involved in the creation and production of games that range from computer, handheld, console and arcade games to games on the internet, mobile phones and other wireless game applications. Their work involves either design (including art and animation) or programming.
Games development is a fast-moving, multi-billion dollar industry. The making of a game from concept to finished product can take up to three years and involve teams of up to 200 professionals. There are many stages, including creating and designing a game’s look and how it plays, animating characters and objects, creating audio, programming, localisation, testing and producing.
The games developer job title covers a broad area of work and there are many specialisms within the industry. These include:
- designer; and
- audio engineer;
- artist, including concept artist, animator and 3D modeller;
- special effects technician.
- quality assurance tester;
- programmer, with various specialisms such as network, engine, toolchain and artificial intelligence;