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.
- 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.
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.
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.