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Game developer in Germany: a job with no prospect?

Germany is not a big number in the games industry

Germany is soccer world champion. World export champion. Travel world champion. But in the computer game industry we only play in the district league. If you look at the 20 best-selling PC and console games of 2017, you will notice that not a single game by German developers made it into the top 20.

The ranking is led by the soccer classic FIFA 18, followed by the first person shooter Call of Duty WWII, the auto adventure Grand Theft Auto V, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Assassin's Creed Origins. The makers are Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Rockstar Games and Nintendo, come from the USA, Japan, France. The world as a guest of game friends.

The sales of German developments are included in the home market a measly 0.5 percent - a devastating quota. 4.2 percent of the mobile games for cell phones come from Germany, and as much as 24 percent of the online and browser games. But here too the market shares are falling.

German games industry in difficult waters

"The past few years were for them Games industry in Germany very challenging", summarizes Felix Falk, managing director of the new computer game association Game. It was only in January 2018 that the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) and GAME, the Federal Association of the German Games Industry, merged. One problem is the strong fragmentation of the industry many small game makers, hardly any big players. According to a study by the Hamburg Media School, the 658 companies in Germany achieved an average turnover of 4.37 million euros in 2015. For comparison: The 236 games companies in Sweden achieved average revenues of 5.5 million euros - significantly more. In this country, four percent of game companies bring almost 80 percent of their sales home, the bottom 44 percent, however, just 0.2 percent. The scissors are so big that - to put it sarcastically - they should actually be denounced by Oxfam.

"The market for computer and video games is growing significantly worldwide," said Felix Falk. "At the same time, however, the competitive pressure continues to increase. This is why there were some consolidations in the German games industry, which also occur had a negative impact on the number of employees "Between 2016 and 2017, their number fell by nine percent from around 31,300 to 28,400 employees, especially among developers and publishers.

Game developers in Germany: oversupply of young professionals

Previously had this In the early 2000s in a major growth phase many new employees were recruited, and the universities had also massively expanded their capacities. Several state and private universities now offer the subject Game design on, at the University of Bayreuth you can study computer game science. "The justified question, however," write the researchers at the Hamburg Media School, "is whether the need for personnel in a currently increasing consolidation phase in the industry is still so high that career starters in particular have good to very good opportunities, or whether there will be an oversupply in the medium term qualified personnel will come. "

Kim Müller (name changed by the editorial team) also had problems looking for a job. "I can't quite explain why it's so difficult for me to find a job in the industry," she says. "Other people can do it." Kim studied game design at a private university, then wrote two dozen applications, all of which were unsuccessful. "Slowly it seems to me as if it is no longer a dream job that I am chasing after", she describes her experience. "I only write the applications so that I haven't completed the expensive course at the private university in vain." After a long search, Kim found a job, but in the e-health sector.

German game developers: versatile

Your experiences show: The German games industry is currently a difficult problem for graduates. On the other hand, also open up completely for specialists new perspectives. "Graduates from courses like game design sought-after experts, also outside the games industry", says Felix Falk." Whether the automotive industry or the healthcare industry: They all need experts who can make their digital offerings intuitive to use or who have extensive experience with 3D technologies. "Technical artists, experts in sound design, motion capturing or 3D programming, who Creating animations or serious games for the industry. In the past few years there has been intense competition for talent.

Games industry not just for technology professionals

Those who make the leap into the colorful world of video games, on the other hand, often find very acceptable working conditions. For example, 76 percent of employees in the games industry have a permanent contract, and the quota of women at 27 percent is by no means as low as feared, which is partly due to the fact that the industry not only gathers technicians; after all, companies also need specialist staff for marketing , Sales and customer support. Or so-called localization managers: They ensure that the computer game is translated into the respective national language. Superfluous in the music industry, indispensable for games. This is why cultural scientists, Japanologists and German scholars also have realistic entry opportunities.

Incidentally, the best prospects are in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. An analysis of the job platform Indeed shows that 90 percent of all job advertisements come from these three cities. Maybe there will soon be a nice place for Kim Müller too. Your contract with the healthcare provider is about to expire. "If there isn't an extension, I'm not too sad about it," she says. She finally wants to do the right thing. Video games.


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