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Games developer

A games developer designs or programmes games for a variety of formats, such as consoles, wireless applications, the internet and mobile phones.

Games developers designs or programmes games for a variety of formats, such as consoles, wireless applications, the internet and mobile phones. They are involved in various stages of the creation of a game. Most specialise in a particular area such as design, programming, animation, audio, editing or production.

The computer games industry is relatively new and young in the Republic of Ireland; many employees are aged 20 to 30.

Work activities

  • Coming up with original concepts for games.
  • Devising storylines and scripts.
  • Documenting all aspects of the game production process.
  • Using specialised and complicated software for 2D or 3D modelling and animation.
  • Consulting with other game developers and stakeholders.
  • Ascertaining supplementary visual and audio features.

Work conditions

Travel: work is mostly office based; in some roles national/international trips to attend meetings or training may be required.
Working hours: can be flexible but involve long hours especially around deadlines.
Location: the majority of games development companies in the Republic of Ireland are based in Dublin. In Northern Ireland most companies are located in and around Belfast.

Entry requirements

A relevant degree subject, such as computer games developments/design, graphic design, animation, software engineering or computer science is advantageous in an extremely competitive industry. Work experience in games development and an in-depth knowledge of the industry will help job applications.

Whilst a postgraduate degree is not always necessary, it could help to develop skills for the industry. Numerous courses are on offer across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.