Computer games developers create, develop and code computer games.

What does a computer games developer do?

A computer games developer creates, develops and codes computer games. There are lots of different kinds of games, from first-person-shooters to flash games that you can play on Facebook.

A computer game can take months or even years to develop, and involves a range of job roles. As a computer games developer, you could be:

  • an animator – animating the game graphics and drawing game characters
  • a designer – deciding on the game’s story and how the game plays
  • a programmer – coding the game so it works 

What do I need to do to become a computer games developer?

You will need a high level of software skills. You will need different qualifications depending on which area of game development you go in to. An animator will be expected to have animation experience or training, while a programmer will need to know computer coding languages. Whatever your role, you will need to be highly IT proficient. 

Most developers have a higher education qualification, such as degree or HND. To get on a relevant degree you need five GCSEs grade C or above including maths, English and a science subject, plus at least two A levels. Relevant A levels include maths, physics, computing and technology.

Relevant level 3 vocational courses (e.g. BTEC National Computer Science) may be accepted as an alternative. Check with universities.

Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • IT

Academic route

  • At least two A levels

Vocational route

  • Relevant level 3 vocational course

Related subjects

  • Computer science

Desirable qualifications

  • A level computing
  • A level IT

Where could I be working?

You could be working for yourself on smaller games projects, or for a large company like Microsoft on a range of more complex games.

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