The home entertainment industry has become one of the most lucrative and varied; there are streaming channels with different content for the whole family and together with home shopping is some of the services that grew the most with the arrival of the pandemic and are already part of the lives of millions of people.
However, there is another sector whose consumption has grown in recent years: video games. Whether on a smartphone, a computer, or a console, video games have become the entertainment of young and old, and the industry is increasingly complex and growing due to the demand and demands of consumers.
And it is not only about buying or downloading in an online store, which will give you three to 10 hours of fun but developers and their companies have grown their product catalogs with extra content: now the game you bought has downloadable content, new modes, costumes for the characters, extra items or is expandable with a new version to play with your friends, which increases its playability.
These reasons mark a reality, the possibilities of employment, innovation, and success for those who want to study a career as an engineer in video game development are wide, so experts from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) explain five reasons why you should study it.
It is a lucrative sport
According to data from Newzoo, in Mexico alone, there are 56 million video game players, and some are recognized as e-sports by the National Sports Commission (Conade). Around the world, well-known brands sponsor players and companies dedicated to the creation of these entertainment products.
More growth, more opportunities
The video game industry has had a growth that will continue to rise, and by 2024 it is estimated that it will exceed 250 billion dollars. Meanwhile, it is expected that by 2025 virtual and augmented reality will reach a market value of 571 billion dollars worldwide. This means more employment and development opportunities for new market niches and sectors.
You can undertake
Due to its growth, this market also offers the possibility that those interested in developing video games do not necessarily have to work in a recognized company; in fact, many great games have been created by independent companies and designers, which has allowed them to found studios dedicated to animation and programming.
Become a recognized programmer and artist
By its nature, creating a video game requires not only programming skills but also artistic skills such as design, creativity, imagination, and other elements. This has placed video games among one of the new arts and their creators as respected masters among the gamer community.
Video games are needed to meet the needs
Video games are not only about entertainment, today many companies, government agencies, and schools use them and pay programmers to create tools for teaching, providing better services, and training the population, so it is a huge opportunity.
The job opportunity for a video game creator is wider than what is mentioned, he/she can develop platforms such as consoles, computers, or smartphones and in turn work in advertising agencies, animation companies, and companies that need to develop virtual environments such as online clothing stores and development of medical simulators.