Think back to a time when we didn’t have ‘smart’ phones in our pockets; when all you could play on your Nokia 3310 was Snake II and Space Impact, when ‘MMORPG’ was just a random string of letters to most people, when the beautiful world of Skyrim was only playable in dreams.
Now drag your thoughts back to the present, where KPMG-FICCI’s 2016 report estimates that the gaming market in India will reach 4,200 crore by 2017. That’s over a colossal 630 million in USD! As the KPMG report details, a potential 435 million Indians will own internet-enabled smart phones by 2019, creating endless opportunities for mobile gaming to reach its acme. While India’s gaming market still remains behind in Asia when compared to China, Japan, and Taiwan, there is a huge potential for the growth of this industry in India.
Factors that will support this growth include:
- Rise in penetration of PCs and smart phones per capita
- Rising disposable incomes
- A large, young population (65% is younger than 35)
- Growing number of game developers (250-300 now compared to 30-40 in 2011)
Another win for the gaming industry is that venture capitalists have recognized this scope for game development in India and have started investing in start-ups. Examples include Octro and
Moonfrog Labs each getting $15 million from Sequoia Capital, Nazara Technologies creating a fund for Rs. 10 crore for game developers and IDG Ventures India investing in PlaySimple.
As a result of this gaming industry explosion, a career in gaming has become highly sought after. For one, gamers themselves can earn big rewards and recognition by winning in gaming tournaments such as Vixture, Xtreme Gaming, and Video Game Fest.
But careers centred on producing and developing games have also seen an increase in demand. Here are three high-potential gaming jobs:
Before a game is released (or scrapped), there are countless bugs and issues that need to be found, fixed, and optimized. A game tester’s job requires keen attention to detail, knowledge and experience in playing current games in the industry and above all, patience. Often, game testing means performing repetitive tasks such as making a character jump 1000 times in order to ensure there is no flaw.
Programming for a game with multiple characters, interactions, and possibilities is a time-consuming and complex process. Knowledge of different gaming platforms, as well as programming types like physics programming, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D engine development and interface controls is a must. Specializing in these programming types makes a game programmer highly qualified.
Lead Artist / Game Artist
Responsible for creating a distinctive look and mood for a game, a Lead Artist directs the formation of environment, objects, characters, and effects. He/she is in charge of a team of artists and animators and ensures that all creations contribute to enhancing the game. Game artists use both 2D and 3D applications to model, texturize, light, and render scenarios in the game.
Want to enter this burgeoning field? Seamedu’s full-fledged game development courses are designed to instruct in the theory of game design and game engineering, while also providing practical tools and exercises in the form of software. From the basics of storyboarding all the way to interacting with 2D and 3D game engines, a novice can learn through practice and turn into a professional digital game developer who is ready to enter an upbeat industry.