Are you a game lover? Have you ever dreamt of making your own game? I was just like you. And now, my dream has come true.
If you are considering this career path, there are many things to expect. In this post, I will share a day in the life of a video game producer.
Let’s read on and picture your future life!
Game production involves everything from developing game ideas to designing and testing the game. After all the work, the producers release the game to the public.
The game development process requires various experts, with game producers among them. The producers make sure everything goes smoothly.
The game producers oversee the whole process and manage the schedule to achieve that goal. Checking the budget is also their task.
Being a game producer is a challenging but rewarding job. It can be pretty tough sometimes, especially when working on tight deadlines. So, I may work extra hours to meet project milestones.
Moreover, the working environment is demanding. Yet, my team’s spirit makes it a fun place to work. We help each other to overcome difficulties.
My days are not the same because the projects can be different. Generally, I spend time working on the following tasks.
I work with a team of talented game developers. Our main goal is to achieve all the project objectives within the defined constraints.
My team holds meetings with investors and stakeholders to start every game development process. We need to understand their requirements first.
Once we have a clear picture of what we need to do, we assemble a team with game designers, visual artists, sound engineers, and me, a game producer.
We have long-term projects. Thus, when I arrive at the office daily, my first task is checking the progress. I have to manage and administer the project properly to keep everything on track.
As a game producer, I manage the budget to ensure our game development stays on track financially. It’s essential to allocate resources wisely. Thus, I keep a close eye on spending to avoid going over budget.
Aside from the budget, the quality is essential, too. Our games must meet the high-quality standards expected by players. So, my team thoroughly tests the game to find and fix bugs before releasing it.
Apart from managing the project, I also give advice to companies. I arrange meetings with corporate leaders and maintain good relationships with stakeholders for future projects.
I also meet with the legal team to discuss intellectual property rights. They cover the music, story elements, and graphics in my game.
Our discussions are all about the release of intellectual property with copyright holders. We also arrange fair compensation if needed.
This task is important as it helps my company avoid potential legal issues. Then, we are confident to use existing content without any problems.
Additionally, I work closely with studio attorneys. The goal here is to safeguard my team and the company’s original intellectual property from other creators.
Managing the team and staff is another task I do every day. I work closely with the creative team to plan all the elements of the game. Together, we brainstorm and outline each level or stage to make sure everything fits perfectly.
During the creative process, we decide when and where to use sound effects. Voice acting is also part of the effects.
Moreover, I constantly communicate with game programmers to ensure seamless game development. We work hard to address computer code issues that could impact the game’s success.
Once I’m done with my responsibilities at the office, I continue my day with other activities.
Firstly, I update myself on new technologies related to game development. It’s crucial in this ever-evolving industry.
After working hard all day, I take some time to relax. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, as it helps me forget work stress. Playing games is another favorite hobby that even benefits my job.
In addition to the core tasks above, I spend time on documentation, too. Proper documentation is essential in any project.
So, I keep records of the project’s progress and any changes throughout the process. This information helps my team stay organized.
Furthermore, marketing the game is a crucial aspect of my job. My team has to plan and execute marketing strategies to promote the game. We also need to generate interest among potential players.
It depends on many factors. First, you need to be passionate about technology, design, and games. It’s the motivation that will help you overcome challenges.
Next, you must have the needed skills. For example, project management is crucial because game producers have to understand the game development process. Then, you know when and why things should happen.
Plus, as a game producer, you will get to work with many people. In other words, you need good communication skills to excel in this role. Both spoken and written communication are essential.
And as I have shared above, I have many tasks. The strict deadlines overwhelm me sometimes. Hence, if you want to become a game producer like me, learn how to manage your time effectively.
Being a game producer is exciting and fulfilling. It keeps me busy all day, but my passion encourages me to move forward and perform well at work.
Hopefully, this article has inspired fellow game enthusiasts to pursue their own gaming dreams. If you need any help, please feel free to ask.
Thank you for reading!