by: Sarah Joson
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Outsourcing News |
Ovum recently reported that Asia-Pacific’s video game development industry could be valued nearly US$30 billion in 2016. This could be a result of the continuous growth of video game consumers and proprietors from different parts of the region.
A TeamAsia.com post recounts an interview with Alvin Juban, President of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) and Head of Operations of Secret. At present, the gaming industry in the country has nearly 3,000 professionals working for around 60 companies, said GDAP.
Moreover, the local sector earned approximately US$70 million during the late 2011 up to the first few months of 2012. It was found that 15 percent of the industry’s workforce were dedicated to quality assurance (QA) and support, nearly five percent worked on games for consoles, and the rest were dedicated to social and mobile games.
What are the skills required in the industry?
Mr. Juban said he usually looks for the basic game developer skills. Physics and math are crucial in game development, as well as computer science, information technology, among others. He added that he usually hires developers who take it to the next level and has the initiative to do research on their own. For the academic side, he is hoping that schools offer more courses that are related to game design and development.
Other job opportunities in the sector are Java developers, iOS, Android, and C++ developers, PHP and MySQL developers, and Actionscript developers.
However, game designer jobs are also available in the sector to those who do not have experience in computer science or information technology. Juban said game designers come up with the game design document, which requires knowledge of games, gameplay, and can put a story together. Other positions are producers and sound engineers.
What do gamers actually do?
Gamers basically live and breathe games and gaming is an integral part of their everyday lives. Furthermore, Juban said gamers do what they love to do, which is why few people leave the industry.
He noted that the 10,000-strong workforce for 2015 that he had predicted could actually grow as the industry is evolving and growing rapidly.