Game Developer Job Description

  • Helena Kudiabor
  • Jan 06 2023

Game developers create and produce games for a range of different media, such as consoles, arcade games, tablets and much more. The excitement of watching a game grow from basic storyline to fully-fledged game is incredibly rewarding.


What is a game developer?

The process of developing a game: from basic storyline to marketable product, can take years. As a game developer, you’ll be responsible for developing the systems needed for the game, and creating programmes that make the game stand out from the competition. Game developers are typically responsible for the technical aspects of the game, such as writing code.

What are the typical responsibilities of a game developer?

General responsibilities include: designing and developing systems, using programming languages like C++ and C# to develop code, rewriting code to improve the existing one, systematically testing coding to locate issues and pinpoint where the issue takes place, solving technical difficulties, and collaborating with colleagues to create a stellar product.

What’s the difference between a game developer and a game designer?

While game developers focus on the more technical aspects of game development, game designers focus on the creative side. For example, while a game designer might come up with storyboards and design the setting for the game, a game developer will develop the systems that make the storyline come to life.

Bear in mind that if you’re working in a smaller, independent game company, there’s often less of a difference between developers and designers. Your role will typically cover both aspects of developing a game: creative design and programming. 

What skills do I need to be a successful game developer?

To be a successful game developer, you’ll need strong technical skills, especially within programming and coding. Team-working is also important, as you’ll often collaborate with designers and artists. Creativity is also important, as you’ll need to think outside the box, when it comes to solving complex technical problems. Time management skills are also particularly important. If your work is delayed, the work of other teams (i.e marketing) will be delayed as well, and the release of the game may have to be pushed back.

How do I become a game developer?

Employers typically look for a Higher National Diploma, foundation degree or undergraduate degree in computer science, software engineering, physics or maths. It’s also possible to enter the field without a qualification, particularly if you have experience developing games. Why not start working on a portfolio to present to employers?

Finally, many game developers start out as a quality assurance technician, ensuring that quality standards are met. You don’t need a qualification for this role, and you’ll gain experience within software development.