How many times have you been told to ‘choose a career that you love, and you won’t work a day in your life’? The chances are that you’ve heard this numerous times – but the problem is it doesn’t resonate with you. Why? Because there is just one thing that you are truly passionate about, and that is computer games.
Of course, gaming can be a fantastic career choice, as you probably already know. However, the issue is that it can be a highly competitive one, and getting a foot in the door of the gaming industry can be tough. Tough doesn’t mean impossible though, does it? The fact is it is possible to turn your love of gaming into more than just a hobby; it’s just a case of being willing to work hard and persevere.
Keen to make gaming more than a hobby? Yes – then read on for all of the most useful tips and pieces of advice for doing so…
Hone your skills
The harsh reality is this: if you want to succeed in any industry, you need to be the best. So it’s vital that you take the time to hone your gaming skills. What does this mean? Doing lots of gaming and working on your strategy. It also means perfecting your design skills, if you are hoping to go down the game designing route. It’s a good idea to research the area of the games industry that you want to get into, to learn about the specifications that come with your dream role.
Upgrade your kit
If you are going to establish yourself within the professional gaming sector, it is vital that you have all of the best pieces of kit to work with. From specially designed gaming computers to the best mechanical keyboards, professional gamers and games designers always have all of the most innovative pieces of kit to work with. Don’t be afraid to invest in high-quality pieces of kit, as they will come in useful should you make a career out of your love of gaming.
A degree can help (but it’s not a must)
Like in most sectors, a degree can help to increase your chances of success. However, it isn’t totally essential – you can build a career in gaming without one. For all gamers, from players to designers, being able to code is vital. A lot of gaming professionals learn to code before they even attend university, so it is possible, it just depends if you have the discipline to teach yourself and hone your coding skills. There are plenty of online resources that you can use to help to learn how to code; it just depends if you are willing to take advantage of them.
Build an online portfolio
The fact is that building an online portfolio is super important if you are serious about being successful. Create your own website and use it to build yourself an online presence – share expert articles and clips of your gaming. You can use your website as a portfolio, then when you apply for different roles, you can a link over as an example of the skills and experience that you have.
Want to succeed as a professional gamer or games designer? Then take note of the tips above, and you can increase your chances of making gaming more than just a hobby.
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