How to Become a Pro Game Designer in 10 Easy Steps: New eBook from iD Tech Camps and iD Gaming Academy

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A free new eBook detailing the path to a career as a pro game designer was published by iD Tech Camps and iD Gaming Academy, industry leaders in summer technology programs for kids and teens. The eBook provides tips and action items for students who want to prepare for a gaming career.

Game design camps for kids and teens

Students learn game design at iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies.

iD Tech Camps, along with its intensive teen-only, pre-college program iD Gaming Academy, has an excellent track record of getting students started on the professional path.

Game designers can expect a heartening 13% growth rate in jobs through 2018, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this bright career forecast, the time is right for students to explore gaming job opportunities.

One way students can learn to create video games is by taking the initiative and going outside of a traditional school classroom to learn.

Enter iD Tech Camps, a summer technology education company that offers classes in popular tech fields like video game design, iPhone® app development, programming and more. Students in the programs build a foundation of technology skills during weeklong day and overnight programs – but iD Tech Camps is also careful to make sure that students keep up their tech skills year-round.

In addition to offering free online workshops, the education company keeps students engaged with career tools like the newly released eBook, “10 Steps to Becoming a Pro Game Designer.”

So what do aspiring game designers need to know? Highlights of the eBook include expected salary information and a rundown of the skills that gaming companies look for in employees. Perhaps most importantly, the eBook includes a set of action items for getting started on the road to becoming a pro game designer. Some key points are:

1. Expand your knowledge base. Read books on new subjects, study history and culture, go
see independent films. You never know where the inspiration for your next casual
game idea may come from.

2. Start a portfolio and continue to refine it as you gain new skills, experience and software
mastery. Keep working at it, year after year.

3. Look at games from a different perspective. Pretend you are a game designer or play
tester. What could you improve? What gameplay changes would contribute to more
immersive entertainment?

Why should students follow the advice laid out in the eBook? Because iD Tech Camps, along with its intensive teen-only, pre-college program iD Gaming Academy, has an excellent track record of getting students started on the professional path.

94% of past iD graduates go on to attend a 4-year college, and many end up in tech fields. Bryan Woods, who started out as an iD Tech Camps student, says, “Having an instructor with industry experience reveal the secrets behind visual effects inspired me to pursue a career in the field.” He went on to major in Compositing and Visual Effects for Film, returned to iD Tech Camps as a game design instructor, and was eventually recruited to be an After Effects Editor by Electronic Arts™, one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Now he’s working on the highly anticipated horror genre game Dead Space™ 2, and couldn’t be happier about his career at EA.

For the rest of the eBook’s career advice, aspiring game designers can download “10 Steps to Becoming a Pro Game Designer” at the internalDrive website. Who knows, with the help of iD Tech Camps and the free Pro Game Designer eBook, iD alumni could push that 13% job growth rate even higher.

ABOUT iD TECH CAMPS AND iD TEEN ACADEMIES
iD Tech Camps is the World’s #1 provider of summer computer camps and technology camps for kids and teens with programs held at 60 elite universities in the U.S. Locations include Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, UCLA and other prestigious universities nationwide. For the past thirteen years, over 120,000 students ages 7-18 have participated in the iD programs. Students create iPhone® apps, 2D and 3D video games, websites with Flash®, C++ and Java programs, 3D models and animations with Maya®, digital photography, filmmaking, robots and more. There are also 2-week Teen Academies: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy. Visit http://www.internalDrive.com or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for more information.

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