The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the video games industry should see a 30 percent increase in job growth between 2010 and 2020. Despite this, it can be hard to snag a job as a game designer. Most game companies are looking for experienced programmers and developers, with significant projects on their resumes. The highest demand is for candidates who can combine software programming skills with artistic vision.
Here’s a list of the top video game design companies. They’re all looking for that elusive designer who will bring them the next Halo. Will that be you?
Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft may have lost out to Apple in the war of hip digital products, but the company remains the king of the video game sector. They develop and publish games for the Xbox, PC Windows and Microsoft Phone platforms. They frequently work with third party developers under their publishing label.
Their bestselling game titles include the Halo franchise, Gears of War, Fable, Project Gotham Racing and Forza Motorsport.
In terms of sheer revenue, the Japanese consumer electronics company Nintendo is the largest video game company in the world. Believe it or not, though, the company actually got its start manufacturing cards in the late 19th century. Nintendo’s Wii, using motion controlling sensors, is the most popular game console in the world. As of September 2012, Nintendo had sold over 500 million video game units worldwide.
In addition to products specifically customized for its Wii console, Nintendo is also responsible for the hugely popular franchises Super Mario Brothers and Zelda.
Nintendo’s American headquarters are in Redmond, Washington. Yes, they do hire Americans.
Sony Computer Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of the vast Japanese electronics conglomerate. The company handles research development and production of games designed for their Playstation line. Their top selling games are the Call of Duty and Gran Turismo franchises.
Electronic Arts develops and publishes video games for a wide variety of platforms since it is associated with no console or game playing system of its own. The company is best known for its Sims, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need For Speed, Battlefield and Mass Effect franchises.
Square Enix is a Japanese company that develops, publishes and distributes video games. The company is most famous for its Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises.
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