If you’ve ever asked a professional game developer about the steps you need to take to get hired by a game company, they would mention you to build your game design portfolio. Since game making is a challenging and costly endeavor, game studios are very careful about who their hiring. In other words, recruiters want to see more than a degree, certificate or diploma. If you’re confused about whether you need to build a game design portfolio or not, this blog will help you!
The very first question that arises in your mind is, do you need a game design portfolio? If you want to increase your chances of obtaining a job in a good game studio, then, of course, yes! A portfolio is the most effective and easiest way for you to show off the relevant work that you’ve done. Game companies are dedicated to hiring game designers who can confidently explain that they’ve actually done what they are expected to do. By making your portfolio attractive and informative, you give a chance to catch the attention of hiring managers.
How Will a Portfolio Benefit Your Career?
If you have graduated lately and looking to get into the gaming industry, a game design portfolio will help you excessively. The truth is, most game studios want to hire people with expertise, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never pick up fresh graduates. It’s always impressive if the portfolio also has game projects that are done as a hobby or in the spare time. A game design portfolio makes you stand out from the crowd of people applying for game jobs. Whether you have recently graduated from a college or have a few years of experience in this field, potential employers want to see whether you have real-world experience of making games, even if it isn’t at any other game studio.
When compared to other portfolios in the gaming industry, game design portfolios are unique. For example, someone looking for a job as an artist or animator has to cover their portfolio with the images of their work while a game producer or programmer will need video, pictures and reel of their projects and the lists of the game they’ve worked on. A game design portfolio has much more than just videos and pictures. A game designer who has Modding experience or level design can add them to their portfolio so that others can easily see their work. Including links or downloads, can help people actually to play your levels and check them out first-hand. No one reads massive game design documents, but you can include short documents and blogs detailing your relevant experience. Recruiters love designers who can efficiently document their process while building a game, brainstorming rule sets, and solving out problems to design problems.
Studios are fascinated by portfolios that show the person has experience in making games. Like mentioned above, you can include anything related to the game design process from images, videos or links of the games you have worked on. For an overwhelming portfolio, you should talk about your favorite games or explain why you’re good at game design.
Wondering whether a portfolio matters if you only want to work indie?
Independent developers also want to be assured about their next addition to the team. How will you actually fit in and help them make great games? So having a game design portfolio is still vital if you look to make games for an indie dev. Since most indie game designers work remotely and with various teams, a portfolio is a best and the only way to showcase their abilities and experience.
So have you decided to make your portfolio? Tell us your views about building a portfolio in the comments section or tweet us @essjay_ent!
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