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BECOME A GAME DIRECTOR

The Game Director: the versatile key element

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Have you ever seen the movie "Airplane!" ? Its french title ("Is there a pilote in the plane?") is somewhat a good image to present the Game Director's position. In fact, is there a pilot in the team that develops a video game?

A pilot capable of guaranteeing the smooth running of the development of a game, in order to bring it to a successful conclusion, with the greatest possible consistency? The Game Director, responsible of all the creative aspects of the game, is such a pilot.

 

THE GAME DIRECTOR'S MISSIONS


The Game Director is the pilot of the game, in other words the mastermind. He brings a global vision, carries out multiple and varied missions and, ultimately, endorses the work of his entire team.

He defines the game' s graphic and creative guidelines, is interested in the graphic and visual aspects in order to determine the overall atmosphere of the project.

Later on, he is also involved in the promotional aspects of the video game within his studio, which he constantly informs of the progress. Overall, he must always keep in mind a triptych - artistic, playful, economical - that cannot be ignored.

HIS / HER KNOW-HOW, HIS / HER KNOWLEDGE


The Game Director is skillful by definition.

He / she must have a very precise, sharp, strategic vision of the game the studio wants to create, a great ability to analyse and solve complex problems (engagement logic, ability to understand the users and players' habits and uses, for example).

His / her extensive knowledge of the entire video game conception pipeline (a prerequisite), his / her complete mastery of the video game market, his / her experience in the field, allow him / her to accurately weigh up all of his / her decisions.

 

In this industry, fluency in English, as well as hard work and perseverance are necessary.
Passion is inherent to this occupation: during your professional career, you will have to invest yourself 100% and not minding working long hours.
In addition, the Game Director must be rigorous and above all enjoying working and managing multi-disciplinary teams, thus displaying optimum management and leadership skills over time, since creating a video game can take several months or even years.

CAREERS, SALARIES AND OPPORTUNITIES


The video game industry is a very dynamic area. Therefore, the Game Director's position has many years ahead of him. Companies, and especially video game studios, are constantly recruiting qualified profiles with excellent technical and creative skills.

There is no standard training for this position, but many Game Directors previously worked as Artistic Directors, Lead Game Designers or even experienced programmers.

There are specialised schools offering training in video games such as ETPA, in line with the needs of the video game market, which enable students to enter the video game industry with all the artistic and technical assets up their sleeve.

The Game Director's salary generally starts around 40k€ gross. It fluctuates according to the size of the studio.