“How Much Do Game Developers Make?”


There is an idea that Game Developers can earn a lot of money but just how much do they earn in reality?

A new Game Developer can start off with about $50 000 per annum with the right qualifications plus an average of $3 400 per annum in bonuses.

A Senior Game Developer who has 7 to 9 years of experience and qualifications can earn over $180 000 per annum and an additional $4800 per annum in bonuses.

The demand for game developers is increasing worldwide. 

Research in the USA alone shows that between 2018 and 2028, game developer careers are expected to grow by 21% and produce 284,100 job opportunities. The global gaming industry is expected to be worth $321 billion by 2026, according to PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2022-26.

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What do Game Developers do?

Game Developers are specialists in developing and programming the creative areas of video, computer games, learning platforms, AI systems, software engineering and network-related applications.

Game developers typically list “game engine,” “unity,” “unreal engine”, “IOS” and “Android” as skills on their resumes. They will also learn to program in languages such as Scorm, As2, PHP, HTML5 Canvas, Moodle, Python, Java and GML to mention a few.

Is becoming a Game Developer a good career choice in Cambodia?

Cambodia alone has over 2,2 million gaming and e-sport players with 89% playing games at home, of which 99% prefer the multiplayer format.

Alongside global digitisation and online gaming growth, Asia is becoming a sought after hub for games development and related services and the well-developed fibre and internet penetration in Cambodia is making careers like this viable for young Cambodians.

What are the requirements to become a Game Developer?

To become a game developer, you generally need a bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience but here are the statistics for the career:
  • 1.7% have a high School Diploma
  • 9.6% have an Associate qualifications
  • 75.4% of game developers have a bachelor’s degree through Universities such as SCAD
  •  10.8% of game developers have Master’s Degrees.
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How you can qualify as a Game Developer

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a globally recognized leader in Art and Design education. SCAD offers degree courses in interactive design and game development programs, lauded by The Princeton Review and Animation Career Review. They offer:

  • B.A. – Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media
  • B.F.A. in Interactive Design and Game Development
  • M.A. in Interactive Design and Game Development
  • M.F.A. in interactive design and game development

What are the different jobs that Game Developers can do?

Career options after completing a degree in game development are numerous, and include the following:

  • AI programmer
  • Computer software engineer
  • 2D/3D Game developer
  • Lead programmer
  • Level designer
  • Social media developer
  • Interactive designer
  • Web developer
  • Texture artist
  • Environment artist
  • Mobile/game app designer
  • Game designer
  • User experience designer

Who employs Game Developers?

Wherever there is the need for Visual art programming and database code development there is a job for Game Developers:

What are the steps to becoming a Game Developer?

This is a dual enrollment process that will require you to make sure your middle School marks meet the CP entry requirements for access to the AISPP and SCAD programme.

You will have to apply to SCAD and enroll in the IB CP programme 2 years before you are due to complete your High School certificate.

After successfully completing your high school diploma, your IB Diploma courses and your CP certificate, you will apply to Universities such as SCAD that accept IBDP Courses and SCAD university credits for acceptance to complete your game developer bachelor’s degree for your chosen career.

Complete an Internship at a partner company. Participating in a game development internship allows students to gain practical game development experience. Interns can form professional relationships in the game development community which can prove invaluable when seeking a full-time job after graduation.

Find an entry-level job in the area of game development you wish to follow and learn and grow your career.

Specialize in a particular area of game development whilst working.

AISPP is the best gateway for you to become a Game Developer in Cambodia!

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is globally recognized as the leader in Art and Design Education. SCAD was named Red Dot Design Ranking’s No. 1 university in the U.S. and the No. 2 university in the Americas and Europe for the fourth consecutive year.

Since 2005, the Red Dot rankings have become one of the most sought-after seals of quality for the best design at the professional and academic levels. SCAD’s results are based on its Red Dot Design Concept awards over the past five years, including individual student awards, with the most recent year most heavily weighted.

SCAD students have access to superpowered tech including AR/VR labs, win prestigious gaming competitions like E3 College Game Competition and Intel University Games Showcase, and move the needle at companies such as Apple, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and more.

From participation in professional conferences to collaborations with digital media giants, SCAD students capitalize on their passion for interactive design.

Choosing this pathway for your career after you have completed High school is a smart choice.

How Much Will it Cost?

The costs of the University can be requested on their website.

What are the next Steps?

Book an appointment with the admissions department to start your dual qualification registration as soon as possible. Your future is in your hands!

AISPP and SCAD are your partners in building your Career.

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