Even though gaming is arguably one of the biggest industries around the world, it’s not a growing one. That is, gaming is not increasing in the number of jobs. According to a survey by online job site Indeed, there are less than half as many jobs in gaming as there were three years ago. However, all is not lost, because there is a sector of growth. Despite a relatively disappointing year last year, job growth is exploding for VR and AR.
Jobs by the number
Indeed, an online job search company commissioned the research into the gaming industry. Remarkably, what they published was that gaming is still increasing regarding revenue. In fact, by 2020 they predict the industry to be worth US$91billion (S$130Billion). Great news if you own a successful studio, but not if you want to get into the business. Job positions listed has dropped by 65% since 2014. Unfortunately, this corresponds with an increase in job searches by 50%. Indeed has seen the reason for this as the gaming industries own fault, by letting publishers directly fund all kinds of studios great and small. Eventually, supply overcame demand, and with a lack of highly polished games, most mid-tier companies vanished.
Now, we only really have the giants, like Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, etc, and micro-studios that focus on indie titles. Big studios are full of industry veterans, so no jobs are coming from them. Likewise, independent studios rarely have the money to offer any employment, at least not very often, and tend to be mobile games. As Indeed points out, “they rarely reach the success of big-budget games.”
The good news
Indeed might seem to be the harbinger of bad news, but all is not lost. AR and VR are both experiencing unprecedented growth in job creation. Since 2014, the survey estimates a growth of jobs by about 400%, and job searchings have grown by 1500%. “Much like the transition from the arcade to the home expanded video game development, the growth of new technology is expanding the possibilities of the gaming job market, offering a new opportunity to job seekers. “Much like the transition from the arcade to the home expanded video game development, the growth of new technology is expanding the possibilities of the gaming job market, offering new opportunity to job seekers,” says Indeed.
Indeed has focused on the changing nature of the gaming industry for why VR and AR see such explosive growth. However, there are other potential reasons, such as the most practical applications of the new technologies. Either way, traditional gaming might be harder to get into, but now is the time to learn VR. After all, there aren’t many differences in the skills needed.