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Video game designers create exciting, interactive environments that make games engaging for users. They design the characters in the game, help with the storyline and goal of the game, and implement the game design to make it more engaging to players.
Video game designers work in various stages of game development, including early ideation, storyboarding, as well as developing the code required for the game to work. They typically need expertise in programming languages and computer software used for game design. To enter the field, a game designer often requires a portfolio of designs and concepts in game development. A bachelor’s degree in computer science can be helpful to enter this competitive and dynamic sector.
The average base salary for video game designers in Canada is $54,666 and can go up to $80,000 depending on experience, education and market. Globally, some of the best cities for game designers include Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Austin and Tokyo.