Video Game Producers


Overview

Video Game Producers

Introduction

Video game producers are the liaison between the creative side of video game development, and the business side of marketing and selling the final product. They oversee all steps and processes needed in the creation of a video game, including the hiring, training, and management of staff, checking to see that progress is proceeding according to plan, making sure that the project stays within its budget, and finally, shopping around the final product to potential game distributors.

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Median Salary

$104,990

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years' experience required


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Enterprising

Earnings

Earnings vary based on skill, experience, and ability to produce high-quality, top-selling games on time and within budget. Producers who worked for software publishers earned mean annual salaries of $104,990 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries for all producers ranged from less than $35,480 to $173,680 or more. 

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Work Environment

Producers work in bustling, hectic environments that may be viewed as exciting to some, but stressful to others. To succeed at this job, producers need to be able to juggle many tasks at once and work with varying personalities, from game developers and testers who want to make the game as innovative as possible, to the client or upper management whose only interest may be the bottom line. Bala...

Outlook

The Entertainment Software Association reports that 75 percent of American households play video games, and sales of video game content have grown steadily over the years, generating $35.4 billion in revenue in 2019 (a 2 percent increase over 2018), with growth expected to continue. In addition, demand for video games has increased rapidly in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caus...

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