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Surrey is home to the UK’s hub for the gaming community.
The town has been referred to as the “Hollywood of the games industry” and is home to EA Games, Hello Games (creator of No Man’s Sky) and the “godfather of Guildford gaming” Peter Molyneux.
In July last year the second G3 Futures event was held, aimed at providing an opportunity for local gaming companies to network, share ideas and learn about the latest innovations and industry issues.
Here’s a list of reasons why it’s the most exciting industry to work in right now – you can also search for jobs at Get Surrey’s partner Fish4Jobs.
You’re working in a growing industry
Guildford has been hailed as the ‘Hollywood of Video Games’ and is pioneering game design in the UK.
With the dawn of VR and the rise of indie games the gaming industry has gone from strength to strength.
There isn’t a more exciting time to be part of the the gaming industry than right now.
You get to make your own games
What can be more satisfying to a seasoned gamer than being part of a project that creates great games?
No longer will you have to suffer the annoyance of overwriting an autosave on Skyrim – because you’re part of the team that makes sure that doesn’t happen.
You’ll also get to show off your creative flair, contribute to a community and best of all – create something new when you’ve completed everything else!
You do more than just entertain
Popular games like Need for Speed, Assassin’s Creed and No Man’s Sky have all been developed in Guildford but that’s not all you’ll get to be part of.
Games today have been seen to help people lose weight, release stress and even cope with mental health issues such as depression.
Not only do you get to have fun at work but you get to feel good doing it!
You get paid to do what you love
Can you really call it ‘work’ if you get paid to do what you love?
Can’t think of anything better than sharing your ideas and creating a product that you and the industry can enjoy? Then a career in the gaming industry could see you getting paid while enjoying it!
You don’t need a degree
It is recommended that those who are seriously considering a career in the gaming industry should gain relevant qualifications but it’s said that networking and experience can be just as valuable.
If you can prove that you’ve got what it takes there is nothing to stop you.
Part of being able to do what you love is being able to tell all your friends about it!
Whilst the late-night phone calls for advice on how to beat a mission in your game might get a little frustrating the satisfaction of getting to say “I helped make that!” won’t.
So here’s to making all your friends jealous at the bar!