Revered Chinese philosopher Confucius made many poignant statements, and even though they were first uttered by him ages ago, a lot of his musings are still relevant today.
None more popular or more relevant than –
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Doing something you are passionate about can be very fulfilling, because there is no compulsion to work hard. It becomes a choice; one you are willing to make. It is difficult to find motivation in a professional life devoid of passion, and it is the exact opposite when you love what you do. This results in a better work attitude, a richer, more vibrant professional life, and even a happier personal life.
Passion is what is driving the gaming industry in India. More and more of India’s youth is following their passion and actively pursuing a career in the activity that has entertained and enthralled them the most in their youth – gaming.
India’s gaming industry – A star on the rise
Traditionally, expensive consoles and gaming components for PCs have restricted the reach of this industry in India, but that trend is changing. As reported by Gizmodo (a NASSCOM study called ‘Indian Games Market Review’), the gaming industry is getting bigger and bigger as time progresses. Here are some of the salient highlights from the piece:
- As of 2015, mobile gaming revenues were valued at $150 million
- 50 million people consume mobile games in India, the number is growing at CAGRs of 40% and 50% annually
- 3-4 million gamers use consoles
- 5-7 million gamers use PCs to fulfill their gaming needs with 1-1.5 of them qualifying as hardcore gamers
- There are 3000 gaming cyber cafes in the country
- In the last five years, India’s gaming industry has risen to 200 game development studios and service providers
- 75% of the Indian game developers are building games for an international audience and the global gaming market
According to a KPMG study, the gaming industry has grown from Rs. 10 billion in 2010 to Rs. 26.5 billion in 2015. The same study projects a growth to Rs. 50.7 billion by 2020. Interestingly, mobile gaming has been cited as the catalyst for the industry’s growth. According to the study, the Indian mobile gaming market, currently valued at $200 million, is expected to grow to a mammoth $3 billion in 2019, with a huge surge for gaming content coming about (thanks to ever-increasing smartphone penetration numbers and a reduction of Google and Apple’s in-app purchasing pricing tiers to as little as Rs. 10).
The experts agree with these numbers, too. According Rajesh Rao, CEO of GameTantra, and Dhruva Interactive (which was established in ’97 and is largely recognized as India’s first gaming studio), things are looking good for game developers in India. In an interview to Venture Beat, he admitted that smartphones have a big hand in the popularity of gaming; “These are the building blocks of a market. The first thing people want to do is try Facebook and WhatsApp… but eventually, they want to try out [more] games and apps.”
He also spoke about the social acceptability factor for gaming as means of entertainment and as a career is improving, too. “When we were growing up, there was a perception that games were a waste of time… today, with moms playing Candy Crush and Farmville, they’re realizing that… games are quite alright.” Young hopefuls beginning their careers (and parents too) are understanding that a career in gaming isn’t just fun and games, but a serious burgeoning industry that has already grown exponentially and continues to do so.
So how do you go about making a career in gaming? We’ll tell you.
Your first steps in the world of game engineering
Game Engineering is the process of creating and developing games for the digital platform. PC, console, smartphone and tablets are all mediums for which these engineers develop new games. This discipline is part art, part science, and can be a whole lot of fun if you like gaming. A very specific skillset is required to become a game engineer, and our Diploma in Game Engineering has been designed to provide that very skillset.
Unlike many other game engineering courses, this diploma course not only comes with a certificate from Seamedu, but also international recognition. This is because when students finish this course, they are also awarded a Diploma in Creative Media Production (Game Engineering) from Edexcel, UK as well. This means that our diploma in game engineering is a UK & international game engineering standard approved course (visit www.skillset.org for more information), has been constructed with a completely job-oriented focus, and as such, has strong practical components to complement the theoretical learnings, and an Edexcel certificate as well, among many other things.
Here is a quick look at what this course has to offer academically:
- Designing Game Script & Storyline
- Storyboarding for Games
- Game Design (Paper Prototypes, Board Game)
- UI Design for Games
- 2D Assets (Background & Character Design, Props) – using Photoshop , Flash & Inkscape
- 3D Modeling for Game (Environment & Character Design, Props, Using Maya)
- 3D Set Design for Game (Using Maya)
- Sound & Music for Game
- Working on Game Engines-Level Design (Unity3D)
- Interrogating with 2D & 3D Game Engine (Unity3D)
This one-year diploma course gives students the option to pick one of two elective courses – Programming and Game Art. Both electives require a graduate’s degree as minimum qualifications. Those applying for Game Art can have a degree from any discipline or stream, however, due to its highly technical nature, students wanting to pursue the Engineering elective need to have a BCA, B.Sc. (IT), or BE degree to qualify.
After graduating from this course, our students will possess the training and knowledge required to qualify for a variety of posts in the Indian gaming industry, including:
- Game/Board Game/Level Designer
- Modelling & Texturing Artist
- 2D/3D Game Developer
- Digital Game Artist
- Action Script/Flash Developer
- Technical Artist
- Interactive/UI/Interface Designer
Seamedu also provides placement assistance to its students, in order to help them take that next big step in their journey in this industry. Therefore, for those who have the skills, educational background, and most of all, the passion to build games for audiences the world over, you can embark down that path to success and job satisfaction with our diploma in game engineering.