Game Industry: Pay Well or Not?!

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Post » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:18 pm

This is a critical question that every game developer asks: does game industry pays well for living or it doesn't and we should consider it a hobby. We have Discussed it before when I was younger, and it was a big discussion.
I googled about game develeper salary and I saw this article from IGN and that was the salaries:
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Which means an average programmer will make around 7746$ a month according to IGN.

Another salary rates provided by Indeed:
  • Game Artist: 74,000$
  • Audio: 128,000$
  • Business: 115,000$
  • Game Designer: 102,000$
  • Programmer: 97,000$

I concluded that the prices are slightly different but what I'm saying that it gives lots of money.

Another article by Gartner which says:
Gartner wrote: Worldwide Video Game Market to Total $93 Billion in 2013


and still today, I want to remind people (I said that in the old topic) that @DUTOIT said that it is a multi billion industry, but 5% of game developers gain big bucks while 95% of them starve.

I also searched if game developers are in high demand and they are according to Wanted Analytic's Article.

Global Revenue Provided by Statista, which is 46.5 billion $ !!!

So after you have saw all this info and articles and proofs, let's us know from developers who had experienced and worked before in the game industry. all others give us your opinion about it.
My opinion if someone is willing to work as a team in a good company, he might make lots of profit.
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Post » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:22 pm

The game industry has a history of being hard to get into and over working its employees (at least at the big studios). Game programming is a very "difficult" form of programming that is heavy in math and algorithms. I think it pays well, but I do not think it pays what it is worth. Other lines of programming tend to pay more and give easier workloads (less overtime and crunches). Not a definite rule but definitely a trend.
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Post » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:05 am

The IGN & Indeed claimed rates are for professional (typically uni educated) programmers, who are actually employed in the industry. There's also a high failure rate which these figures don't take into account.
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Post » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:35 pm

Aurora Australis wrote:The IGN & Indeed claimed rates are for professional (typically uni educated) programmers, who are actually employed in the industry. There's also a high failure rate which these figures don't take into account.


But how some people became successful? I once heard an indie Dev gained 14000$ from his android game! So there is no hope from game Dev? When I see successful people in the gaming industry it encourage and motivate me to work harder and give me the will to say: one day, you will do it!
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Post » Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:20 pm

The ROBLOX Corporation is probably your best bet if you want good money, and you want a fun job.
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Post » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Naji wrote:
Aurora Australis wrote:The IGN & Indeed claimed rates are for professional (typically uni educated) programmers, who are actually employed in the industry. There's also a high failure rate which these figures don't take into account.


But how some people became successful? I once heard an indie Dev gained 14000$ from his android game! So there is no hope from game Dev? When I see successful people in the gaming industry it encourage and motivate me to work harder and give me the will to say: one day, you will do it!


Look at flappy birds, $50,000/day in ads.

There is always hope, just like the app industry, many indie devs are looking for that "one idea" that will explode and make them rich.
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Post » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:03 pm

Naji wrote:
Aurora Australis wrote:The IGN & Indeed claimed rates are for professional (typically uni educated) programmers, who are actually employed in the industry. There's also a high failure rate which these figures don't take into account.


But how some people became successful? I once heard an indie Dev gained 14000$ from his android game! So there is no hope from game Dev? When I see successful people in the gaming industry it encourage and motivate me to work harder and give me the will to say: one day, you will do it!


Programmers cap out between 100k and 250k USD typically. The only exceptions are: Self employed contractors, and and self employed software developers or people who own their own company.

Minecraft made notch a lot of money because he built, marketed, and maintained it without an hourly wage. If notch had spent all his time trying to get a job at studio XYZ instead he would have not seen that type of success.

I'm not sure how old you are, or where in the world you're located, but 14000 isn't a lot of money in the US. It's barely enough for a single person to live a meager living for 6 months.
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Post » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:03 am

IndieKiwi wrote:
Naji wrote:
Aurora Australis wrote:The IGN & Indeed claimed rates are for professional (typically uni educated) programmers, who are actually employed in the industry. There's also a high failure rate which these figures don't take into account.

But how some people became successful? I once heard an indie Dev gained 14000$ from his android game! So there is no hope from game Dev? When I see successful people in the gaming industry it encourage and motivate me to work harder and give me the will to say: one day, you will do it!

Look at flappy birds, $50,000/day in ads.

That guy "unofficially" hacked the ratings system to get the initial high ratings, so I'm not sure he's the best example to use.

Yes there are individuals who do well. But they're the rare exceptions. IF you're talking career advice, gaming is low ROT. If not career advice, then the question is, what are you actively going to do to make yourself different and better than the 10 million others seeking the same thing? Because hope doesn't cut it.
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Post » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:05 pm

Can you provide a source about the "hack"? I was not aware of them, and would love to know what he exploited.
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Post » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:56 pm

Aurora Australis wrote:That guy "unofficially" hacked the ratings system to get the initial high ratings, so I'm not sure he's the best example to use.

Yes there are individuals who do well. But they're the rare exceptions. IF you're talking career advice, gaming is low ROT. If not career advice, then the question is, what are you actively going to do to make yourself different and better than the 10 million others seeking the same thing? Because hope doesn't cut it.



Yeah i didn't know he manipulated the score. Can you explain more or show some sources please?

Just found https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7220603 but it is just some discussion and the replies don't think he did it...
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