ECGC 2019 Sessions

APRIL 16TH – 18TH, 2019

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Panel: Your Guide to Games-Adjacent and Alternative Games Careers

April 18, 2019 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: 306A

Panelist: Rachel Presser, Amanda Kirk, and Chase Bethea

Video game programs in schools are on the rise but students aren’t getting the business foundation and early professional development they need. People from a variety of other backgrounds have long-held dreams of working in games, but don’t think they can (or should) quit their day jobs to go indie. As for procuring studio employment? Even before the very recent devastation with Telltale, Capcom, and other large studios, Indeed was reporting that video game job postings declined 65% and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that less than 65,000 people are employed in the United States in game dev roles with only 6% in job growth expected by 2024. This isn’t even getting into the statistics on indie games, though with Steam releasing 180 games per week post-Greenlight it’s safe to say competition is fiercer than ever, and these traditional paths of “just get a job at a studio” or “don’t quit your day job while you go indie” are not going to cut it anymore.

Led by Rachel Presser who’s had an incredibly non-linear games career and blend of games-adjacent and development team roles, Amanda Kirk and Chase Bethea will also speak on this panel about building a games career by your design. Attendees will learn about career options in games-adjacent fields and how to structure their careers- and lives- how they want. This panel is ideal for attendees pondering a career change or would like to work in games but aren’t sure which (if any!) development roles would best suit their skill sets.

There is so much more to working in games than studio employment and going all in as an indie developer: learn about your options in academia, marketing, entertainment, and more!


April 18, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Education, Indie
Rachel Presser, Amanda Kirk, Chase Bethea