Can you work as a game developer/programmer even if you didn't study a career in software engineering?

Do game companies care if you studied a career in software engineering or something similar when applying for a job or is there a way for someone who didn't study this to work there? If so, what would this person need in order to be considered?

Asked By: laser_vamp - 10/23/2007
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It totally depends on what area of game development you want to get into. There are four basic areas of the development team: design, programming, art, and level building, which are supported by production, Quality Assurance, customer service, sound design, marketing, business development, etc. Designers write up the... More
Answered By: Ryot - 10/25/2007
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I think they want someone who already has the programming skills. I don't think they care how you got them.
Answered By: Rich Z - 10/23/2007
Skill and ability can be just as important to a game developer as education... what games have you written? do you have a reputation in the gaming industry? what graphic programs can you use?
Answered By: garrisonbight - 10/23/2007
The big companies welcome software engineers... More
Answered By: phenders21 - 10/23/2007
I worked as a developer for seven years with no formal degree or training. However, I started in an "entry level" phone support position and work my way through the ranks learning software development as I went. It took much longer than it likely would have had I attained my degree first. However, it is not... More
Answered By: melancholygiant - 10/23/2007
Simply put, If you can prove you can do the work they need done, they will hire you.
Answered By: - 10/25/2007
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