We get asked about breaking into the gaming industry a lot. Whether by an excited youngster or an over-eager parent, the question is usually the same: “How can someone get a job making video games?”
There are a zillion answers to this question and not all responses will fit each scenario – but there are a few best practices that we thought we would share.
You might not be the type to brag about your accomplishments, or share news on your wall of the latest gig you just rocked out – but even the most introverted of aspiring game developers should have a venue in which they feel comfortable enough to promote themselves.
1. Join gaming communities and “network”. Meet people. Comment on their work. Get their feedback on yours.
2. Start or join modding communities and work on creating gaming experiences.
3. Attend [or start!] meetups and other conferences in your area. If you are St. Louis, you should attend the St. Louis Game Developers Meet Up.
4. Visit the Game Career Guide . It has a ton of information for aspiring game developers.
Of course, if your resume and demo reel are all polished up and you want to pass those along to us – here’s how to apply to Graphite Lab
• Write a brief cover letter / introduction in the body of the email, including a summary of your work experience and your interest in working with GLI.
• Attach a resume (DOC / PDF / Weblink) including work experience, education, published titles or other published works, and software knowledge.
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.