What does a Gameplay Programmer do?

Game developers often work on teams and help to make a game’s concept or ideas come to life. They are involved in the creation of a story, outlining the design, and creating game prototypes. They are responsible for the design and development of video games for units including a personal computer, a consul, or a mobile application. They code the base engine from the ideas of the game's design team, and may be called upon to assist with character design with novel design animation and with unit testing.

Game developers generate game scripts and storyboards and translate the designer ideas into functional game codes. Sometimes they contribute to audio and animation, design, and character animation. They also troubleshoot code and fix bugs. Game developers need a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science, knowledge of the latest gaming trends, strong artistic and technical skills, and proficiency with programming languages including C++, Java, and C.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Gameplay Programmer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,202 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $76K
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Gameplay Programmer Career Path

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Espire DentalEspire Dental
World Leader
Apr. 16, 2021

“They put people above everything!!! Truly the best group of people I have ever worked with.”

Knighted VenturesKnighted Ventures
Gaming Associate
Jul. 6, 2021

“Decent starting pay of 16 an hour with a current 3 dollar bonus per hour spent inside the casino.”

Unity Game Developer
May 21, 2021

“you get to work with a good and fun team”

American Gaming AssociationAmerican Gaming Association
Gaming Associate
Sep. 4, 2021

“People are nice and good”

Teravision Games
Game Programmer
May 3, 2021

“Good and amazing peers.”

Complete Control
Lead Game Developer
Aug. 3, 2021

“Fun and fulfilling projects for great clients.”

Senior Gameplay Programmer
Jul. 8, 2021

“People are nice and helpful.”

Modiphius EntertainmentModiphius Entertainment
Game Developer
Apr. 16, 2021

“I was repeatedly told that career progression would be quick and have varying paths to choose from.”

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