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UK games industry struggling in recruiting, says study

Wednesday, 5 October 2011 15:26 GMT By Johnny Cullen

According to a study, the UK games industry is currently struggling in trying to recruit graduates.

As noted by GI.Biz, the games industry was mentioned as the third biggest concern despite all other industries in the study rated the availability of gaining graduate recruits as very low in the study’s list of concerns.

“The UK has always punched above its weight globally in new technologies, and the digital economy is vital to the economic growth of the country in the future,” said Blitz Games CEO Phillip Oliver.

“Video games will be the primary entertainment media of the twenty first century and growth in this sector and other digital sectors will only be powered by a constant flow of fresh, talented, highly skilled technical & creative staff.”

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15 Comments

  1. DSB

    So, would you like to work in the UK for a lower salary, or work in California for a higher one? UK is the place with the fat chicks in track suits, California is the place with porn valley. You’re welcome.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Deacon

    With studio closures all over, and the industry the way it is, they’ve probably all set up shop in their garages, busily working away on the next runaway indie hit

    #2 4 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    Well if they insist on grads then I can’t help them. I do want to work in the gaming industry and do have 16 years experience in IT :p

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 I’m not sure, but I think you may just have described the collective future of the european game development.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Vapsyvox

    @1
    then again, california is part of the country that invented spray-on-cheese and spam-mail

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Fin

    I honestly believe its companies being too picky, only wanting elite people – I came out of university rarely having programmed in my spare time and never having worked on a mod, but I’m still a good programmer. Took me about 40-50 CVs to get a single interview.

    The thing about not having enough experience is crap too – you’re always going to have to hire graduates/low level people. If you don’t have positions like that in your company, then you’re doing something wrong (or are fucking elite).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 Well the UK invented bestiality and probably murder. And smelling badly.

    So I really don’t see your argument.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. foofly

    I know a quite a few talented graduates who are struggling to get jobs do to the fact that companies are asking for years of experience for their junior positions. Which is something that is difficult to obtain straight out of university.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Vapsyvox

    @7 all that was covered by our dear evolutionary ancestors

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    Who wants to work in UK as game-designer, and the British government, ban here and there games, because they are to violence on the market…

    @1 agreed…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. BlitzGames

    A few comments to correct people.
    Most companies DONT ask for degrees – we at Blitz certainly dont. Portfolio work is essential for applying to games companies. Yes we want to see what you can do.
    The shortage is programmers. (that’s demonstratable C++ skills mostly).
    We have lots of vacancies for good people with the right attitude and skills.
    http://www.blitzgamesstudios.com/careers/
    As far as I’m aware the UK government doesn’t ban games. Occasionally a single MP has asked for bans. But he’s in the minority and generally the UK government is very supportive of the games industry (sadly not with financial support – but TIGA are working on that !)
    Philip Oliver – CEO, Blitz Games Studios

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Lounds

    @11

    Any IT Support job’s going?
    Currently working in a secondary school with 30+ servers & 700 machines (laptop’s & desktops).

    #12 4 years ago
  13. silkvg247

    The issue as I see it, is that the industry asks for prior experience in gaming, OR that they be a graduate. That means that genuinely talented folks who are in a different sector are overlooked.

    I think with programming you either have a natural knack / understanding of it as a whole, or you learn it from a book and trial and error. It’s the former that can really bolster your ranks, and I for one don’t think the industry they come from is paramount.

    Yet every single application I’ve looked at asks for things that I rank as somewhat irrelevant compared to an actual ability to program well.. prior experience? Erm not in programming games, but gaming experience combined with programming experience means that in my mind I have a damn solid idea of what it would entail. Grad? Nope, 33 and a big kid if it counts.

    TLDR: Hey gaming industries! Stop being so darned picky, an experienced programmer from a different sector would soon settle in and be productive, in fact I’d wager they’d be churning out quality code much faster than a grad who’s got a lot left to learn about programming in general.

    I keep thinking of starting my own indie game. Maybe I will. :)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @12
    Try to keep an eye on somewhere like here …
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/jobs/by-category/it—technical-support

    @13
    You’ve still got to demonstrate programming skills in the right areas though. Do something to distinguish yourself . How would an employer know you are any better than 30 other applicants with similar experience. Do your own indie game, or some sort of technical demonstration of the particular area you are interested in. Perhaps the easier way in for you is Tools programming as that may link in more directly to what you do now?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. silkvg247

    @14 by tools programming do you mean custom/user controls?

    Here’s the conundrum when we talk about demonstrating prgoramming skills. The industry expects a partially or fully written game to be demonstrated.

    For a graduate this is easier, he’s probably been on a course to do this exact thing and can pretty much use his course material, possibly extended upon to impress people more.

    For a full time worker in a different sector, hey, let’s use me as an example, we have no such material. I can tell you about dozens of very clever and intelligent programs I’ve written, how they predict patterns and give best answers when there’s hundreds of “right” answers, but trouble is, it’s not relevant.

    So for me to even be on equal grounds with a graduate, I have to spend all of my spare time, self teaching and creating my own game, with no guidance from anyone. This vs. the graduate who had the luxury of learning is as part of their “day job”, from a mentor.

    In otherwords it seems to be ten times harder for someone with 100 times more experience (in programming!) to even get a foot in the door.

    The ultimate irony here being that the people with programming experience as a whole, the people with programming in their blood, are the people who would give the most. Be they a graduate, a senior dev in the wrong industry, or some dude off the street who doesn’t even know he has the perfect aptitude to program well (by the way, I was the latter, 16 years ago – a young girl on the deli who somehow landed an interview and got the best results in an aptitude test that the company had ever seen).

    The other thing the games industry seems to be forgetting is that 30+ year olds never had gaming degree courses. They didn’t exist. So yes here we are, full time programmers, but wrong industry. A vast sea just waiting to be picked from. It would take mere weeks for us to be on par with others already in the industry, because the hard part is being a good programmer, period.

    Sometimes all people need is a chance.

    #15 4 years ago

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    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]