Disappointed by the gaming industry

Ubisoft 5AbeJB
Jun 2 25 Comments

Is it just me or is the Gaming industry completely underwhelming. It used to be something I dreamed of / felt passionate about, but I feel like I've been duped into an industry that doesnt pay adequately.

Anyone else feel this way?

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    tacosmello

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    Raizlabs, MullenLowe
    tacosmellomore
    I’ve heard nothing but sob stories coming out of the gaming industry. What gives? Who is raking in all that money? It’s a larger industry than film now. But all I hear is overworked, underpaid, angry people.
    Jun 2 4
    • Google / Eng Zzzzzzzzza
      Tencent
      Jun 2
    • Microsoft mr.noodle
      Who’s raking in all the money? The executives.
      Jun 2
    • Nintendo J4est
      You could try the film industry, its not any better.
      Jun 3
    • Activision Blizzard / Creative e00
      We have a lot of passionate fans and trolls in our industry that are not afraid to speak their mind (for good or bad)
      When they get angry the lower ranks feel it first and complain up ladder. The executives usually don't care since they'll get their payday either way so yes resentment builds and we get a lot of angry people when they think they're not being heard.
      Shit happens in a lot of companies but ya just don't hear about it as much in other industries since most of those people aren't complaining in such public forums
      Sep 4
  • Microsoft jT47lg
    They told me I aced the interview then gave me the lowest offer I’ve ever seen in my life. That’s gaming.
    Jun 2 0
  • Hortonworks
    qwK8h2xz

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    VersionOne
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    If you are comparing salary to blind here, you will definitely be disappointed. On the bright side, you get to play games all day. A lot of new grads are willing to work there at a lower salary.
    Jun 2 3
    • Microsoft mr.noodle
      Haha that’s the myth. If you ever actually worked in games, you would know very well you don’t get to play games all day. Debugging and playtesting your own product is definitely not that fun and you get sick of it after some time.
      Jun 2
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng newrandom
      Holy shit, I hope you're being sarcastic, Hortonworks.
      Jun 3
    • Activision Blizzard / Creative e00
      Why do outside people think we get to play games all day long?
      Is there a meeting simulator game I missed?
      Sep 4
  • Microsoft mr.noodle
    Perhaps you have the wrong expectations of the industry in the first place. Who promised that you will be paid well?
    Jun 2 0
  • Microsoft TpzS10
    This was my first year working in the Xbox gaming organization and it truly has removed a lot of my passion for video games
    Jun 2 0
  • Activision Blizzard pkov76
    The gaming industry is and has always been a hits business. Few companies have taken the initiative to invest properly to smooth the volatility that comes from this business model and thus you get lower pay and layoffs. If you're talented and good at picking the right projects as an IC, you can still get paid well relative to non-FAANG tech employees, but don't expect Google money.
    Jun 2 2
    • New / Design
      tacosmello

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      Raizlabs, MullenLowe
      tacosmellomore
      Thank you for Starcraft and Diablo
      Jun 2
    • Activision Blizzard / Creative e00
      Thanks be our lord and savior...WoW 🙄🙏
      Sep 4
  • Scientific Games / Eng HmLh12
    Unfortunately, the reality is that the games industry doesn’t pay as well as top tech companies.
    However, you have the chance to work on products that you are REALLY passionate about. If that’s not enough for you, LC and make the transition to FAANG.
    Jun 2 0
  • EA / Mktg DkVq08
    I’m sure it really depends on function too. Blind seems to heavily over-index on FAANG engineers, which are among the highest paid workers in the world, so of course anything else will seem low in comparison. I’m actually pretty happy working in marketing in gaming. It’s a very different challenge compared to other industries I’ve worked in. I like the freedom, the uncharted territory of the problems to solve, and the ability to play video games at work. The salary is good, even if it will never be FAANG engineer good.
    Jun 3 3
    • Nutanix 5LvFuf
      Wait, you play video games at work?
      Jun 3
    • WB Games / Eng Vrko75
      He is in marketing...doing research...
      Jun 13
    • Activision Blizzard / Creative e00
      This guy is usually the first to be laid off in our industry
      Sep 4
  • Gaming sucks because people have passion for it. People are willing to put up with shit. Even companies tangentially related to gaming are shit. I worked for a pretty big name in "Esports". The salary was lower end of median and the tech was ran pretty bad. It was a mistake for me, but a lot of people would have put up with it just for the company's name value.
    Jun 2 0
  • Proactis / Eng
    MacGamerK

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    MacGamerKmore
    The reason why I pursed a CS degree was to join the game industry. After hearing about the toxic culture and low salaries I decided to work in tech.
    Jun 7 0
  • LinkedIn
    3lixir

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    3lixirmore
    No you are right. It *is* the Gaming industry.
    Jun 2 0
  • Take-Two Interactive Software YPGs25
    Enthusiasm and low-to-mid compensation are par for the course. Burnout is high and passion turns into a blind spot. We call it “having the proper fortitude.”
    Jun 4 0
  • I still have enthusiasm for gaming but I agree. It’s just caused me to broaden my technical skills and I do find enjoyment solving problems in other areas.
    Jun 3 0