Hey Mom, I Want to Design Video Games for a Living!

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Hey Mom, I Want to Design Video Games for a Living!

For all of you parents out there who feel like vomiting when your adolescent child tells you that he wants to design video games as a career, you should reconsider. The video game industry is big business.

One hit game can produce more gross revenue in a single day than the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. Doubt it? Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 3 grossed $400 million its first day out.  That’s more than quadruple what Avatar made its opening day.

In terms of salaries in the industry, they are very good. The average video game technical director makes $110,000 a year on the low end and $195,000 a year on the high end, and this does not include performance incentives.

Forget medical school. Little Johnny needs to get a computer science degree and code video games.

 

By |2018-08-03T14:18:49+00:00November 11th, 2011|Comments Off on Hey Mom, I Want to Design Video Games for a Living!

About the Author:

Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.