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Wachter: Your Entry Level Game Career

Posted Nov 03, 2009 by Jon Wood

Wachter: Your Entry Level Game Career Columnist Victor Wachter writes this look at how to break in to the video game industry, from moving to a game job rich environment to moving your way up the professional ladder.

The question I get asked the most when I meet gamers is, "how do I get a job in games?" I usually talk a little bit about different ways I have seen people break in, but I can go into the most detail about my own experiences, starting out as an entry level Customer Service Representative.

I entered games early in 2002, going to work for Sony Online Entertainment in Tech Support the week that the Shadows of Luclin expansion launched. And anyone who lived through that expansion can imagine that doing tech support for it was a baptism by fire. It was the expansion that retired Windows 95 support and the graphics update required a lot of players to upgrade their memory and graphics cards, and it still didn't run smoothly for a good chunk of them. I learned a ton about the industry during this time and have had the chance to grow my own career and watch others grow theirs. So, what follows are some of my observations and experiences about people growing up in a game company from the entry level.

Read Managing Your Entry Level Game Career.


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