5 Ways You Can Start a Career in Video Gaming

5 Ways You Can Start a Career in Video Gaming


Ready to level up your career in video gaming? Check out these five exciting ways you can start a career in the competitive world of video games

Do you ever stop and think about how much the world has changed in the last few years? It’s crazy how video games, once seen as just a hobby, have now evolved into a legit career path! Gone are the days when people would say, “Why waste so much time on video games? Get a real job!” Now, with the rise of esports, streaming, game development, and content creation, the gaming industry is booming, and guess what? It’s totally acceptable to tell your parents you want to be a pro gamer or a game designer!

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So if you’re contemplating on pursuing a career in video games, then we’ve rounded up five cool ways you can kickstart your journey into the world of video gaming. Buckle up, because your future in gaming is about to level up!


Git gud and go pro

So you’ve spent countless hours mastering that no-scope headshot and clutching those intense battles. Why not put those skills to the test and go pro? Competitive gaming, also known as esports, is booming, and there are plenty of games with thriving professional scenes. From first-person shooters like Fortnite and Valorant to MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2, there’s a game out there for every budding esports superstar. Join online tournaments, build a killer team, and who knows, you might find yourself winning big bucks and gaming glory!

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Code your way to the top

If you’re the type who wonders how games are made and loves tinkering with technology, game development might be your calling. Learning to code might sound intimidating, but there are tons of resources available, like online courses and YouTube tutorials, to help you get started. Experiment with game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine, create your own projects, and show off your creations to potential employers.

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Press start on game journalism

Are you that friend who can talk about video games for hours, breaking down every aspect from gameplay to storylines? Well, you’ve got the gift of gab, my friend! Consider a career in game journalism. Start a blog, contribute to gaming websites, or even create your own YouTube channel where you review games and share your thoughts. Being a voice in the gaming community is not only fun, but also a way to connect with fellow gamers and industry insiders.

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Stream it like you mean it

If you’re the life of the party and love entertaining others, streaming might be right up your alley. Platforms like Twitch and YouTube Gaming allow you to broadcast your gameplay, engage with viewers in real-time, and build a loyal community of fans. From epic wins to epic fails, people love watching authentic gameplay and experiencing your reactions. Just remember, consistency and interaction with your audience are key to growing your channel.

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Level up as a game designer

Are you the imaginative type, constantly thinking of new game mechanics and immersive worlds? Well, hello, future game designer! Pursuing a career in game design means bringing your creative visions to life. Study game design, work on personal projects, and, most importantly, play games to understand what makes them tick. Whether you’re into puzzle games, RPGs, or platformers, there’s a spot for you in the game design universe!

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