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Assistant Producer (Games)

What is the job? Assistant Producers are employed by publishers as well as development studios. Working within a development studio often involves managing communications between different teams such as design, art and programming. In a publisher environment, Assistant Producers will focus on liais...

Production

Audio Engineer

What is the job? Audio Engineers work for development studios, both independent and publisher-owned. The size of the audio department depends on the company, but can consist of just one or two people who are sometimes required to work very long hours, particularly as launch dates approach. Budget...

Production

External Producer

What is the job? Game development is a highly complex process often lasting two years or more, involving teams of up to 100 people and budgets over £5 million. Helping to managing this is a big job, which involves a lot of responsibility, as well as the requirement to work long hours and deal...

Design

Game Designer

What is the job? Game Designers are employed by development studios, both independent and publisher-owned. The current industry climate means that most conventional publishers and developers are increasingly risk averse. Originality and creativity are valued, but a thorough knowledge of a game&rsq...

Art

Games Artist

What is the job? There are various specialisms within the art department, including 3D object modelling, character design, textures, environments, and so on. Each has responsibility for the creation of particular art assets with a game, but there is also a lot of movement between roles. Artists ar...

Art

Lead Artist

What is the job? A Lead Artist’s day to day work can vary greatly according to how far down the development path the project has progressed. Initially the Lead Artist works with a small core team which can include the Game Designer and Lead Programmer, defining creatively the overall look an...

Design

Lead Editor

What is the job? Working from the overall game design documentation, the Level Editor designs a portion of the game usually referred to as a ‘level’, specifying in detail all the possible actions and game play events which take place within that level; the environment, including locati...

Coding

Lead Programmer

What is the job? The Lead Programmer manages the software engineering of a game from start to finish. In conjunction with other key team leads (eg the Game Designer, the Lead Artist, etc.) they develop the technical specification for the game, and then delegate the different elements to their tea...

Production

Product Manager

What is the job? The tasks carried out by a Product Manager are varied and change as a game’s release approaches. In the earliest stages of game development, they may liaise with development staff to provide some input into initial decision such as characters and scenarios. They will also...

Coding

Programmer

Responsibilities Programmers are responsible for selecting appropriate films for the venue's target audience. This involves building good relationships with film distributors, in order to ensure that the required films are secured, and not allotted to competitors. A keen interest in film is essen...

Production

Project Manager

What is the job? Project Managers ensure that a game project is completed on time, within budget, and using the right resources. Prior to production they carry out a detailed analysis of the game design specification and work out the project ‘milestones’ (specific targets that have t...

Development

Quality Assurance Technician

What is the job? Playing games all day for a living might sound like an ideal job to some people, but this is in fact a highly disciplined role. Testers are responsible for assuring quality in the final product and for finding all the flaws in a game before it goes public. They look for programme ...

Art

Technical Artist

What is the job? The main areas of responsibility for Technical Artists include setting up and maintaining the art production workflow as well as making decisions about which art packages and tools a studio should use. Technical Artists are also charged with investigating new techniques and implem...