Getting into the Video Games Industry, How?


Hey there!  A question people ask of me is “Dude how did you get a job in gaming?” A simple question you might say, however I didn’t achieve this in a day, it took literally years. Years of ups and downs, application writing and pure and simple hard work. So due to popular demand from emails, twitter and face to face screaming, I thought I would just offer a few words of “wisdom”. Along with some input from a friend or two in the industry.

Start Early

This is me assuming that you’re in some kind of education…..START EARLY! I fully understand that coursework, exams, social pressures and of course video games leave you with little to no free time on most occasions. However don’t leave looking for a job when your studies end, as surprise surprise that’s when every other graduate in the world will be doing the same thing. Employees are only human and when an influx of CV’s come their way, they will only look at so many until their eyes start to bleed and they give up (they will never admit this though). This means that your CV may get lost in the crowd meaning an instant rejection or even worse, no reply at all…

Yes I know it sucks, but this is a fact of life. If you’re reading this, it’s close to the end of your studies and you have not started, then seriously…START LOOKING NOW.


The dreaded CV and Cover Letter

The CV and cover letter is of course horribly important. It’s usually the way an employer knows you exist and it’s crucial that you set a great first impression.  Yea you already knew that right? But is your CV as good as it can be? I don’t think there is such thing as a perfect CV, but having a near perfect one wouldn’t hurt.

My CV and covering letters went through a string of changes, I settled on a pretty standard format but the content was always changed, almost weekly at some points. Does Sony need to know that I got a D in Geography (sorry mum) back in school? Of course they don’t. Simple questions like that were key to allowing me send off a great CV to an employer.

Tailoring is also important. The application I make to Capcom probably shouldn’t be the same one that I send to Ubisoft. Why you ask, because a blanket CV and covering letter is lazy.

“I love all your games”

“Street Fighter 4 is a personal favourite of mine and I can’t wait for the next entry in the series”

Which one of those sentences do you think the Capcom HR guy will be likely to respond to?

“Ensuring that your CV and Covering Letter are tailored specifically for each role you apply for will pay off dividends. Employers can sniff a blanket application a mile off and it suggests that you don’t esteem that particular employer as your first choice or worse, you couldn’t be bothered”

Those words are from a dear friend, Bolu Akindoyin. He’s the guy who gave the final critique for the CV that went off to Sony, and look where that got me?  He is an old colleague and founder of the  London CV Clinic, he is a gaming industry vet and contacting him will no doubt help your career aspirations. Oh he also works for EA


Put yourself out there

Games are made by people. Don’t forget that. People can be one of two things when helping you get a job, helpful to you or indifferent. We’re all egos aren’t we? Humouring me, complimenting me or simply just being nice will no doubt give you a better chance of gaining my favour and help in your endeavours.

Actually being able to speak to people in this industry used to be quite tough, believe me I know. But social media has changed that, being on twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn won’t necessarily help you get a job but it can get you access to people in and around the industry. Contact people in the specific part of the industry you want to be in, but just remember what I said before, be nice and be courteous. I don’t see myself as anything at all in this industry but when people come to me somewhat demanding for help they usually get ignored.

Chin Soon Sun, everybody’s favourite community manager at Tecmo Koei puts it best:

“If you’re still studying now (and have the passion in video games), I would recommend you to concentrate on your studies and start branding yourself like blogging (as a hobby) and tweeting (be wise) to the people in the industry to learn and get insights“

Sure everybody and their dog seems to have a blog these days. But my blog was a common point of conversation for interviews and employers where always impressed to see my passion for the games in my posts. And it’s also another opportunity for them to find out more about you and see your personality. But be careful how you throw around your opinions, an old blog post that you posted slagging off a company or their game could come back to haunt you.

Maybe your skills mean you have a portfolio? Put them online for the world to see, you never know who will click on it. I know truckloads of designers who got their jobs in gaming simply by somebody coming upon their work online and being impressed.

And if you’re looking for that first contact in the industry then consider me that person. Don’t be shy

If you’re bold enough to want to find me somehow in person (I don’t bite) , the awesome Debbie Timmins of The Average Gamer website has provided some help. Her website has an Events Calender which lists the awesome industry events going on throughout the year. Chances are you will find me at some of these, so do come and say “Hi” to that skinny black guy with the glasses (that’s me).


Well that is all I have to say for now. Depending on feedback and hits etc, this could be a regular feature on the blog. So please leave some comments on what you thought of the post overall and what I may have missed and so forth.

Bye for now!

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  1. Jimmy

    That is stupidly good advice. Thanks for sharing!

    January 24, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
  2. Luke Ray

    Nice article here. I’m currently in a position where I would love to delve into the video games industry but at the same time have my Law degree which I kind of want to pursue but haven’t done so well in doing so.

    I think nowadays it’s also becoming a lot easier for CVs and Covering Letters to be handed out thanks to the internet generation whereas before you could only post or actually hand a CV to someone personally. I think now the best thing is to always try and get a CV handed to someone personally and preferably in person as it always gives a better first impression so if it’s at all doable I would do that too.

    I would love a chance as a community manager within any company as a matter of fact. I really feel like I could listen to others and take on board comments as well as developing a fantastic rapport with communities, especially within the video games industry. Alas though I’ve had no luck yet but I think I’ll keep applying and trying.

    Maybe trim my CV again for more specific roles. Nobody wants to to know I did terrible in one subject but I do want them to know I did well in another haha. I’ll definitely follow the focus on the covering letters though as you advised. Maybe put some buzz words in for specific companies much like how you’ve put Street Fighter for Capcom or how you could put Tomb Raider, Hitman or Legacy of Kain for Square Enix EU (previously Eidos).

    A little part of me is worried if I merge my love for games with work I might hate it but I sure know that if I did merge both together I’d really enjoy the role too.

    January 24, 2013 @ 4:33 pm
  3. Myke

    Just keep at it, the CV and Cover Letter are important. So really try and tailer the cover letter to the CV if you can.

    Dude, my love of video games is what keeps me upbeat about my work somedays. Trust me, as long as you get the role you want, the passion as a gamer will see you through

    Also don’t foget the power of an intership to get you some experience in the industry, I did it and it always came up positivly in interviews. I will probably talk about that subject more in a Part 2!

    January 24, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
  4. Leah

    Some Great Advice!!

    I am currently finishing my masters in Architecture with the hopes of going on to level design. It was last year after 6 years at university when i realised that my love for games overshadowed that for architecture and i had never saw a route into the games industry as a possibility.

    With advise from my tutor i have focused my final design thesis on the correlations between the design process of games and Architecture. Surprisingly though Games design usually involves a more focused design process than designing a building!

    I finish university in June and other than my thesis and my Architecture portfolio i have no idea how to even start looking for jobs or internships. I may take your advise and start a blog


    January 24, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
    • Myke

      It’s great to hear that you managed to combine your love of video games with your thesis Good luck with it!

      Social Media currently is a great way to find out about jobs and internships, so try and follow the right people and companies, something will no doubt come along. Make sure you sign upto a few job agencies aswell

      And starting a blog would be great, it looks really good on your CV and it always came up in interviews. If you need any help starting it up, don’t hesitate to ask me,

      January 24, 2013 @ 6:53 pm
  5. Luke Ray

    I’ll be keeping my eye out for part 2 then. You talk about Internships, any going at Sony? Or any other interesting entry roles for that matter based in London. I have to ask haha.

    January 24, 2013 @ 7:03 pm
    • Myke

      No internships just yet, they tend to really get going in the Summer!

      And I always tweet out jobs that are about in the industry so just follow me and also sign up to as many job alerts as you can

      January 24, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
  6. Steph

    I really loved reading this article, its really given me some insight on how to get a job in the industry! I’m currently studying Games Development at college with plans to head on to university afterwards and am really hoping to pursue a job in gaming eventually (though I’m not really sure what specifically yet, that’s why I’m taking such a broad course). I’ve also been looking at internships with as many companies as possible to gain experience during the summer.

    I appreciate the advice you’ve given here, its made some things a lot clearer for me, and highlighted the importance of tailoring a CV and covering letter.

    Thanks for the article, can’t wait to see further posts on this!

    January 25, 2013 @ 9:54 am

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