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GAME STUDIO MANAGING DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: Traveling To Experience New Cultures & Meet New People

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Mario, the managing director of a game development and publishing studio, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that his favorite part of his job is traveling all over the world because he gets to constantly experience new cultures and meet new people.

Degree: Computer Science - Marketing - Commerce and Administration
Job Title: Managing Director
Employer: PikPok

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='13770'>Europe--</span> <span m='14200'>Germany,</span> <span m='14770'>the</span> <span m='14840'>UK--</span> <span m='16260'>and,</span> <span m='16400'>of</span> <span m='16480'>course,</span> <span m='16780'>the</span> <span m='16860'>US</span> <span m='17460'>that</span> <span m='18140'>I</span> <span m='18200'>come</span> <span m='18440'>to</span> <span m='19250'>a</span> <span m='19360'>lot</span> <span m='19610'>during</span> <span m='19980'>the year.</span> <span m='20210'>So</span> <span m='20920'>getting</span> <span m='21040'>to</span> <span m='21240'>travel,</span> <span m='21660'>getting</span> <span m='21940'>to</span> <span m='22110'>experience</span> <span m='23680'>new</span> <span m='24100'>cultures,</span> <span m='24770'>meeting</span> <span m='25070'>new</span> <span m='25230'>people--</span> <span m='26140'>that's</span> <span m='26750'>a</span> <span m='26990'>great</span> <span m='27190'>part of</span> <span m='27230'>my</span> <span m='27370'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='29590'>I</span> <span m='29960'>think</span> <span m='30300'>the</span> <span m='30450'>most</span> <span m='30740'>challenging</span> <span m='31200'>thing</span> <span m='31370'>about</span> <span m='31590'>my</span> <span m='31710'>job</span> <span m='32020'>is</span> <span m='32259'>I'm</span> <span m='32500'>actually</span> <span m='32950'>kind</span> <span m='33200'>of</span> <span m='33290'>an</span> <span m='33380'>introverted</span> <span m='33890'>person.</span> <span m='35530'>But</span> <span m='35860'>I</span> <span m='36000'>have</span> <span m='36260'>to</span> <span m='36520'>talk</span> <span m='36800'>to a</span> <span m='36880'>lot</span> <span m='37050'>of</span> <span m='37110'>people,</span> <span m='37470'>take</span> <span m='37650'>a</span> <span m='37700'>lot</span> <span m='37850'>of</span> <span m='37940'>calls.</span> <span m='39180'>I'm</span> <span m='39650'>not</span> <span m='39790'>a</span> <span m='39840'>fan</span> <span m='40110'>of</span> <span m='40210'>cold</span> <span m='40460'>calling,</span> <span m='41360'>but</span> <span m='41630'>it's</span> <span m='41880'>just</span> <span m='42010'>something</span> <span m='42290'>that</span> <span m='42470'>you</span> <span m='42530'>have</span> <span m='42700'>to</span> <span m='42820'>do.</span> <span m='44060'>What's</span> <span m='44190'>probably</span> <span m='44440'>the</span> <span m='44520'>most</span> <span m='44730'>challenging</span> <span m='45220'>is</span> <span m='45510'>getting</span> <span m='45760'>up</span> <span m='45870'>in</span> <span m='45980'>front</span> <span m='46180'>of</span> <span m='46250'>people</span> <span m='46690'>and</span> <span m='47440'>doing</span> <span m='47700'>talks,</span> <span m='48670'>or</span> <span m='49140'>going</span> <span m='49410'>into</span> <span m='49610'>meetings,</span> <span m='50160'>or</span> <span m='50830'>that</span> <span m='51246'>sort of thing.</span> </p><p><span m='52080'>I</span> <span m='52240'>think</span> <span m='52430'>the</span> <span m='52690'>key</span> <span m='53000'>decision</span> <span m='53640'>that</span> <span m='54590'>helped</span> <span m='54970'>me</span> <span m='55130'>get</span> <span m='55370'>where</span> <span m='55690'>I</span> <span m='55730'>am</span> <span m='55950'>today</span> <span m='56300'>was</span> <span m='56570'>really</span> <span m='56910'>when</span> <span m='57200'>I</span> <span m='57310'>decided</span> <span m='57940'>to</span> <span m='58670'>want</span> <span m='58900'>to</span> <span m='59010'>be</span> <span m='59150'>my own</span> <span m='59410'>boss</span> <span m='60030'>and</span> <span m='60840'>decided</span> <span m='61330'>to</span> <span m='61480'>give</span> <span m='61730'>up</span> <span m='61860'>my</span> <span m='62460'>day</span> <span m='62640'>job</span> <span m='62960'>and</span> <span m='63060'>essentially</span> <span m='64099'>pursue</span> <span m='64379'>my</span> <span m='64530'>passion.</span> <span m='65090'>So</span> <span m='65860'>I</span> <span m='66200'>think,</span> <span m='66770'>without</span> <span m='67240'>having</span> <span m='67480'>taken</span> <span m='67820'>that</span> <span m='68000'>risk,</span> <span m='69160'>I</span> <span m='69360'>wouldn't</span> <span m='69710'>be</span> <span m='70400'>doing</span> <span m='70630'>what</span> <span m='70800'>I</span> <span m='70860'>do</span> <span m='71170'>and</span> <span m='71460'>loving</span> <span m='71910'>every</span> <span m='72090'>day.</span> <span m='72390'>So</span> <span m='73530'>having</span> <span m='73780'>to</span> <span m='74160'>take</span> <span m='74820'>that</span> <span m='75010'>risk</span> <span m='75360'>and</span> <span m='75530'>go</span> <span m='75730'>out</span> <span m='75870'>on a</span> <span m='76010'>limb--</span> <span m='77270'>that's</span> <span m='77490'>probably</span> <span m='77890'>the</span> <span m='78240'>biggest</span> <span m='78540'>game</span> <span m='78760'>changer</span> <span m='79100'>for</span> <span m='79230'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='80160'>So</span> <span m='80430'>the</span> <span m='80540'>games</span> <span m='80880'>industry</span> <span m='81500'>is</span> <span m='82000'>really,</span> <span m='82460'>really</span> <span m='82610'>growing.</span> <span m='83730'>More</span> <span m='84060'>and</span> <span m='84120'>more</span> <span m='84260'>gamers</span> <span m='84820'>are</span> <span m='86590'>discovering</span> <span m='87140'>they're</span> <span m='87260'>gamers</span> <span m='87640'>every</span> <span m='87860'>day</span> <span m='88280'>as</span> <span m='88620'>they</span> <span m='89540'>explore</span> <span m='90050'>the</span> <span m='90390'>games</span> <span m='90720'>on</span> <span m='90800'>their</span> <span m='90920'>phone</span> <span m='91340'>or</span> <span m='91990'>are</span> <span m='92260'>introduced</span> <span m='92750'>to</span> <span m='92840'>games</span> <span m='93280'>from</span> <span m='93460'>their</span> <span m='93870'>friends</span> <span m='94200'>and</span> <span m='94300'>family.</span> <span m='95450'>So</span> <span m='95710'>it's</span> <span m='95860'>an</span> <span m='95930'>exploding</span> <span m='96430'>market.</span> <span m='96910'>There's</span> <span m='97950'>always</span> <span m='98470'>demand</span> <span m='98980'>for</span> <span m='99930'>new</span> <span m='100600'>recruits.</span> <span m='101180'>So</span> <span m='102473'>if you</span> <span m='102904'>have</span> <span m='103335'>talent</span> <span m='104200'>and</span> <span m='104440'>think</span> <span m='104630'>this is</span> <span m='104890'>something</span> <span m='105140'>that you</span> <span m='105320'>could</span> <span m='105450'>be</span> <span m='105580'>passionate</span> <span m='105990'>about</span> <span m='106260'>it,</span> <span m='106450'>there's</span> <span m='107030'>certainly</span> <span m='107340'>a</span> <span m='107440'>lot</span> <span m='107630'>of</span> <span m='107780'>career</span> <span m='108100'>opportunities</span> <span m='108790'>in</span> <span m='108880'>the</span> <span m='108950'>games</span> <span m='109230'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='109960'>So</span> <span m='110280'>work-life</span> <span m='110790'>balance</span> <span m='111170'>in</span> <span m='111250'>the</span> <span m='111330'>games</span> <span m='111680'>industry--</span> <span m='113475'>there's</span> <span m='113880'>definitely</span> <span m='114360'>times</span> <span m='114840'>where</span> <span m='115360'>you</span> <span m='115620'>can</span> <span m='115790'>spend</span> <span m='116010'>a</span> <span m='116080'>lot</span> <span m='116260'>of</span> <span m='116340'>time</span> <span m='116610'>in</span> <span m='116660'>the</span> <span m='116790'>office.</span> <span m='118300'>But</span> <span m='118700'>hopefully</span> <span m='119650'>people</span> <span m='119940'>are</span> <span m='120230'>working</span> <span m='120560'>in</span> <span m='120650'>an</span> <span m='120700'>environment</span> <span m='121410'>which</span> <span m='121570'>is</span> <span m='121700'>very</span> <span m='121880'>collaborative.</span> <span m='123010'>It's a</span> <span m='123480'>very</span> <span m='123990'>fun</span> <span m='124330'>and</span> <span m='124630'>creative</span> <span m='125030'>industry,</span> <span m='125630'>so</span> <span m='126030'>it</span> <span m='126280'>is</span> <span m='126460'>very</span> <span m='126690'>enjoyable</span> <span m='127180'>work.</span> <span m='128430'>I</span> <span m='128560'>have</span> <span m='128729'>to</span> <span m='128830'>say</span> <span m='129120'>that</span> <span m='129300'>I</span> <span m='129729'>probably</span> <span m='131340'>don't</span> <span m='131670'>balance</span> <span m='132030'>my</span> <span m='132140'>life</span> <span m='132430'>as</span> <span m='132560'>well</span> <span m='132750'>as</span> <span m='132870'>I</span> <span m='132930'>should.</span> <span m='133250'>But</span> <span m='133520'>the</span> <span m='133830'>great</span> <span m='134170'>thing</span> <span m='134320'>is is</span> <span m='134630'>I</span> <span m='134720'>love</span> <span m='135750'>my</span> <span m='135880'>work</span> <span m='136200'>so</span> <span m='136370'>much</span> <span m='136760'>that</span> <span m='138890'>I</span> <span m='139010'>don't</span> <span m='139450'>really</span> <span m='140180'>think</span> <span m='140360'>there's</span> <span m='140500'>much</span> <span m='140720'>of</span> <span m='140760'>a</span> <span m='140830'>difference</span> <span m='141240'>between</span> <span m='141540'>work</span> <span m='141790'>and</span> <span m='141920'>play</span> <span m='142140'>for</span> <span m='142270'>me.</span> <span m='142620'>So</span> <span m='143500'>I</span> <span m='143600'>work</span> <span m='143860'>really</span> <span m='144100'>hard</span> <span m='144475'>and</span> <span m='144850'>play</span> <span m='145300'>really</span> <span m='145560'>hard</span> <span m='145770'>where</span> <span m='145960'>I</span> <span m='146000'>can,</span> <span m='146570'>and</span> <span m='147296'>it</span> <span m='147660'>works</span> <span m='147890'>for</span> <span m='148050'>me.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380631,"video_id":"3396432614001","name":"2387-Mario-GamingManagingDirector2 In-depth","duration":149421,"thumbnail_url":null}});