It's easy to think of playing video games as the perfect career. While many jobs in the video game industry include playing video games, "play" is ultimately transformed into "work." That's not to say that you can't have fun in these careers, but the emphasis is on producing and perfecting the games, not setting high scores.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision Inc. is the video game publisher behind franchises such as "Call of Duty" and "Word of Warcraft." Activision often has openings for executive producers, online programmers, programmers and senior graphics programmers. Producers oversee the development of games, while the programmers write the code and fix the bugs for the company's games. To get a job as a producer you will need a bachelor's degree, preferably in a game-related field or in management. Programmers must have bachelor's degrees in computer science, programming or have relevant experience in an IT field. Learn about working for Activision at the Glassdoor link in the resources.
International Gaming Network
At the International Gaming Network (IGN) in San Franciso, Calif., the full-time editorial staff enjoys tasks such as playing early-release versions of major video games and writing reviews for publication at IGN's website, which is owned by Ziff Davis Inc. IGN seeks editorial candidates who are able to work well in a team, manage the editorial talent, adhere to the editorial calendar and provide event coverage. A degree in journalism, communications, English, or relevant experience is required. Learn more about working for IGN at its careers section listed in the resources.
2K Games, located in Novato, Calif., hires video game testers. Testers play games in the alpha and beta stages, helping improve the user experience by identifying bugs. In order to find bugs, testers must play games repeatedly, doing everything possible within the game world to identify software defects. Testers are given test cases and are to execute them as directed. Qualified testers have a high school diploma or GED, are over 18 years of age and have excellent attention to detail. Learn more about 2K Games at the link in the resources.
Major League Gaming
Major League Gaming (MLG) is an organization located in New York that promotes the emergence of competitive gaming known as "eSports." Working at MLG means you will be surround by technology and video games everyday while you work with gamers and industry professionals. You will also have the opportunity to travel the country and manage competitive gaming tournaments. Those interested in joining the MLG organization can learn more at the MLG link in the resources section.