How to Find Your Game Development Niche

How to Find Your Game Development Niche

It’s one thing to enjoy games, but a completely different ballgame to turn it into a career. Gamers have tried doing different things such as covering gaming events, publishing strategy guides for their preferred titles, as well as working as moderators for forums and the like. However, the pinnacle of a gaming career is to be able to develop your own.

With so many kinds, genres, and platforms—any aspiring developer could take several paths. But how do you know which is the “right” one? If you’re a budding game developer who’s looking for their specialty, then the only real solution is to explore all possibilities.

Start with the games you like

If you’re already attached to a particular genre or platform, then it’s a good idea to discover your niche from there. For example, maybe it wasn’t the plot of Borderlands that got you, but because of how beautiful the universe looked. Then your niche might be related to map building or something similar. Or if you thought that Astral Chain was the best game ever due to its complicated mechanics, then look into the jobs dedicated to programming skillsets and other similar jobs.

Branch out

If you want to discover all possible career opportunities, then it's good to know other areas and trends. If you’re primarily a console gamer, for example, then it might be high time to start getting into PC or mobile. Another field of gaming that's rising in popularity are casinos, with Statista predicting its market to double in five years. As such, even Bkk-onlineslots is making its home on PC platforms to keep up with the demand, while other casino games have gone mobile. Whatever kind of games you're into, it's lucrative fields such as these that are worth exploring for developers.

Mobile is especially a popular career choice, considering it makes up 75% of the total global gaming revenue, according to the latest report by analytics firm Sensor Tower.

A niche can be found on any platform, even one of the lesser-known (but no less fun) ones like arcade and VR.

Find the language you’re comfortable using

Every game runs on a different language, and depending on which one you’re more comfortable using, the options narrow quite a bit. For example, Enclave Games, a (mostly) web indie game developer responsible for the release of titles like Flood Escape, Wizard Quest, and Shape Attack, is fond of using HTML5 laced with JavaScript. Meanwhile, programming languages such as C++ are more commonly seen in mobile apps.

Consult the professionals

Even with all of this, it’s still sometimes hard to find clarity without someone to nudge you in the right direction. Luckily, GamesRadar has complied the opinions from some of the greatest minds in gaming history to help budding developers put their passions in the right place. For example, Ooblets developer Ben Wasser would suggest an office-based gaming career, as opposed to being part of an indie team. There are loads of articles by professional developers online, many of which are free to view. All you need to do is look them up, read (or watch) them, and use their ideas to drive your own search.

All in all, there’s no shortcut or glorified cheat sheet to finding your niche; but that’s the beauty of game development. Whether you grow to love maps, character builds, or the language used to write it, there’s an entirely different set of careers behind each one. And it’s up to you to discover them.