Video Game Producers

Outlook

Employment Prospects

Employers

Video game producers work for game developers of all sizes. Software publishers (such as Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard) are found throughout the country, though most are located in California, Texas, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts. 

Starting Out

Work experience is valued so highly in this industry, so the best bet for landing a first job is with a small, start-up developer. These companies may be more willing to hire less experienced workers in the hopes that they will stay on staff longer than an experienced (and more sought after) producer.

Job listings are easy to find online; most employers post job openings on their company Web sites or with large job search engines. However, because of the industry's popularity, many open positions do not remain open for long. Jobs often are filled internally or through connections before there ever is a need to post a job classified.

Advancement Prospects

The jobs of assistant producer or associate producer are entry-level positions, especially if one has worked previously as a game tester or programmer. Advancement comes in the form of higher-level producing jobs—the top position being that of the executive producer, who is responsible for the entire project, beginning to end.

Tips for Entry

Visit https://www.creativehumans.com/role/animation_studio for a database of thousands of animation-related companies.

Visit the following Web sites for job listings:

  • Animation World Network (https://www.awn.com)
  • CreativeHeads.net (https://www.creativeheads.net)
  • GameJobs.com (http://www.gamejobs.com)
  • Gamasutra (https://www.gamasutra.com)
  • Dice (https://www.dice.com)

Attend the Game Developers Conference (https://www.gdconf.com) to network and participate in continuing education opportunities.