Today I want to start a discussion about how to become a game developer.
But first a little bit of
I'm a full-stack web developer, I've worked on the web since 7 years ago, for different customers.
During this time I've worked a lot on Unity in my free time, because of the complexity and different skills to handle while working on a game, I've fallen in love with game development.
I'm a creative developer, I love to develop, but also to design, create music and storylines, but I work mainly with banks, insurances and pharma agencies. So my work is not as creative as I want.
After these years, I'm so sick and tired working on the web, and frontend development in general. That's because it seems than every day I do the same things, in an infinite loop.
I want to change.
So, what can fit my needs, to code and design at the same time?
Of course, game development!
Every time I work on a game idea, I spent a lot of hours per day, and I stop working on it only for physical needs (like, of course, sleeping 🤣).
The next day, I wake up with a lot of ideas in mind, I feel really happy to work on a personal game. And this changes completely my lifecycle.
So I've decided to become a game developer! 👨💻
There are 2 big problems I've found looking for a game developer job:
I live in Italy, where there aren't a lot of possibilities in this industry.
Experience, I've worked on Unity for a lot of time, but I'm still a junior dev, and here is hard to find a job as a junior unity developer (2 years of working experience at least needed).
So basically it's hard to find a job as unity developer here, and I have 2 solutions ahead:
This is a big challenge, working abroad, starting a new career as a junior developer, could be an amazing challenge, but also stressy.
The other solution is to create a software house here in Italy. This is a great challenge but could be my real mission.
The pros of this choice are:
- Create something unique and personal
- Give others the possibility I didn't have in the future
- Be part of the rise of the gaming industry in Italy, and one of the pioneers in this sector.
I'm choosing what to do in the next year, which will be the most important in my career to choose my future life.
What do you think? Do you have any advice? Have you ever had a similar choice to do?
Let me know, I will be more than happy to hear tips from you all!