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Lead Game Designer

Lead Game Designer : Control of the production chain

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Lead Game Designer : fiche métier et débouchés professionnels
Lead Game Designer : fiche métier et débouchés professionnels

The Lead Game Designer is able to act as an intermediary between the design team and the other creative teams (Creation Team, Game Design), by relying on his mastery of the production pipeline and of the video game professions.

 

THE LEAD GAME DESIGNER'S MISSIONS & PROFESSION

The Lead Game Designer develops the game concept in its broadest sense, creates its basic rules, provides the graphical interface layouts and controls their implementation by the graphic designers.

He / she is also responsible for the game's scripting and structure by taking into account the technical and graphic constraints, imposed by the production line and the license. He / she then coordinates the game development and testing.

In other words, the Lead Game Designer defines everything that will happen, from the moment the player starts the game until the moment he / she leaves it.
The order of the menus, their contents, the navigation, but also the definition of the game and its mechanisms.

He / she has one specific mission: ensuring that the game is not too hard, but not too easy either! The player must have the possibility to be assisted, but not too much.

As the keystone to the success of a video game, he / she must demonstrate professionalism and never forget the audience the game is intended for, which he / she defines beforehand with the project manager(s) within time and budget constraints, which he / she must respect. Often he will be asked to accomplish wonders with little means, so the Lead Game Designer has to be creative but also methodical and realistic.

REQUIRED QUALITIES & SKILLS

The video game Lead Game Designer is above all a communicator, as he / she supervises his / her team and interact with the project manager and the technical team.

 

De facto, he / she is a proactive force and knows how to evolve in a complex and constantly changing environment, so he / she must keep abreast of developments and trends (social networks, user behaviour).

He / she is an idea bearer, or even a provider of ideas, and it is his role to individually meet with the various people involved in the project, to explain what he / she has in mind in order to work together the best possible way. He / she is a bit like a director, and he / she must be able to reach out to everyone.

Technically, the Lead Game Designer must know how to model game behaviours and situations in a schematic form, use programming software (HTML, ActionScript, Javascript, etc.), office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), 3D software (3Ds Max, etc.), animation software, modelling interfaces, and use technical English.

CAREERS & ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Allying creativity and technical innovation, the video game industry is booming, with growth and turnover higher than in the film industry.

Although the video game industry is booming, lead game designer positions are still hard to get. The competition is very tough.

The salary of a Lead Game Designer starts at an average of 40,000€ gross per year. However, the salary depends on the size of the studio. There are several possible career paths to positions as Project Manager, Game Director...