What does a Game Designer do?

As a Game Designer you will create new sports games and use computer programming languages to write the required code. You will manage the software development teams/project team through the software development life cycle. Your demonstrated passion for video gaming will show through your exceptional creative and artistic skills during client pitch meetings and new product development meetings.

An ideal candidate will be passionate about video games and gaming and have a proven track record of success as a game designer. You will hold a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or game design and be a talented programmer. In this role you need to have a passion for sports and adventure as you will be tasked with developing sports and adventure games for a variety of gamers from E for Everyone to M for a Mature audience.

What responsibilities are common for Game Designer jobs?
  • Create new game ideas
  • Outline plots and storylines
  • Develop dynamic characters
  • Create the rules of the game
  • Research rules of the sports involved to ensure accuracy in the game
  • Develop user interface concepts (menus and controls)
  • Manage a team with junior game designer or interns
  • Responsible for beta testing
What are the typical qualifications for Game Designer jobs?
  • Any programming language certification, required
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar role
  • Project Management experience
  • Must be highly creative and storytelling ability
  • Passion for video games
  • Knowledge of gaming trends
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Previous experience developing sports game for a wide range of gamers
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Game Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,735 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $63K
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Game Designer Career Path

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Game Designer

Years of Experience Distribution

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Game Master
Jul 20, 2021

“We changed our time schedules and daily rituals to ensure that everyone was safe and sanitized.”

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Table Games Dealer
Jan 7, 2022

“Bad management who doesn't care about the employees.No social life.No weekends no bank holidays.”

Haddad BrandsHaddad Brands
Content Designer
Dec 28, 2022

“Creative roles do not pay well but are expected to work above 40hr week requirements.”

Pixel FederationPixel Federation
Senior Game Designer
Mar 11, 2022

“good career progression if you work hard and smart and have results”

Firebyte Games
Game Designer
Oct 26, 2022

“The leads always take care of the juniors and teach them about the industry in the best way they could.”

Content Designer
Jan 26, 2022

“Good good good good good”

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Table Games Dealer
Oct 20, 2021

“Good everything is great with them”

Apr 10, 2021

“Great place to work at the pay is great”

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