We often get asked for advice on how to get into the videogame industry by our fans. Most of the time we're asked about how to get into a position on the game development team and we do our best to try to give valuable advice. The one thing we don't often discuss is how many other jobs exist in the videogaming industry that aren't directly involved in development. I've personally sat on a bunch of panels talking about becoming a community manager or how to get a job in games journalism, but those still only represent a subset of the full range of jobs available in the industry.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because if you're in the southern California area and/or attending WonderCon on Friday, I'm participating in a panel that aims to give you advice on how to take other paths into the industry from panelists who represent different disciplines. This is also a great opportunity to network with a bunch of folks from the games industry and we're all sticking around after the panel to make sure to meet everyone who wants to meet us and continue to answer questions.
You can view the event on our Facebook Events page, and all the relevant information is also copied below.
Hope to see you there!
How to get a job in the video gaming industry
Friday, March 16, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Arne Meyer, Community Strategist (Naughty Dog), David Vonderhaar, Game Design Director (Treyarch), Grant Luke, Group Brand Manager (CAPCOM), Kevin Converse, Senior Concept Artist - Creative Services and Events (CAPCOM), Elizabeth Chiu, Designer (CAPCOM), Dan Amrich, Social Media Manager (Activision)
Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share how they got to "play video games for a living," and the wide assortment of career paths that are available. You don't have to be a programming whiz or a stellar digital artist to have a fun career in the video game industry. Hear about jobs in the areas of public relations, marketing, retail, publishing, editorial, and more! Plus a Q&A session.