30/06/2021

Categories: Games, Undergradute

Career Comparisons Games Programmer vs. Developers

Want to work in gaming, but not sure where your skills lie? Here’s a closer look at the game developer vs. game programmer job roles.

The BA Games Programming degree at the University of Bolton is the perfect platform for students looking to embark on the game programmer career path but is also suitable for those looking to go into further study for a career in game development.

So which profession is right for you? Here we take a deep dive into what each role entails, and what skills and experience you’ll need to get your dream job.

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Game developer vs. game programmer

Programmers focus on the coding and the software development of a video game, while developers take a much wider role. They are involved in the full project scope, and that means seeing it from concept to go-live.

While these two job roles do differ, it’s important to understand that both of these work very closely together on any game design project. In short, game programmers work with developers to create the back end of the game, so collaborative skills are essential for both.

Many developers also take on programming responsibilities, whereas programmers are usually limited to coding tasks.

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The game programmer career path

If you’re interested in becoming a game programmer, our BA Games Programming course will arm you with all the necessary skills (especially programming in C++) to enter this exciting and dynamic industry.

Our passionate lecturers will tailor modules to align with your personal and professional development needs, and you’ll get the chance to build your portfolio, ready to hit the workplace.

Furthermore, our dedicated Employability Team is on hand to support your career ambitions, and you’ll be able to grow your professional network through our impressive industry connections with gaming companies.

Desirable skills for the game programmer career path:

- Excellent coding knowledge

- Ability to work autonomously and in a team

- Good problem-solving skills

- Good logic and analytical skills

- Willingness to learn

- A passion for gaming and all things related

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Pursue a career in game development

For students who are more interested in development, our undergraduate programme can be a stepping stone into an apprenticeship or training programme, or you could move on to study games development at master’s level.

Your technical knowledge is vital, but what matters even more is your ability to lead teams of programmers, and the way you collaborate to get things done on time, and within budget.

There’s more to think about when you’re a developer, and there are more stakeholders to consider. So soft skills are an absolute must!

Desirable skills for a career in game development:

- Knowledge of coding as well as gaming trends

- Good project management skills

- A knack in leadership and people management

- Commercial awareness

- An ability to come up with new ways of doing things

- Complex problem-solving skills

- A passion for gaming and all things related

Ready to begin your career in gaming? Study at the University of Bolton and grow your skills in our £13 million facility, which houses the Centre for Games Development.

Enjoy one-to-one mentorship with an excellent student-to-staff ratio, make the most of our specialised modules, and take part in our exciting game jams to elevate your experience!

To find out more about applying for our BA Games Programming degree in September 2021, visit the course page.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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