How to become a gaming company director: Mike's story

Meet Mike who's a gaming company director and explains how he got there. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

It's just incredible to be able to help a developer put a game out there that they've been working on for years and years.

  • Mike works with different video game developers to get their products published on different platforms, like PC and console, and to make sure everything runs smoothly
  • He says there are a variety of routes into working in video games. Mike worked as a games journalist, before moving to a video game publishing company. You could also study at university first, or work as a live game streamer
  • Mike says it’s hard to get the experience for a job like this, so a lot of people will do things for themselves - like build small tech demos, or write design blogs - so that they have something to show an employer
  • The key skills needed for this role are enthusiasm and discipline. Mike works from home, which means he needs to be motivated to get the job done.

What to expect if you want to own your own business

Working for yourself looks different for each person and each business, but in general it means you:

  • run your own business and are responsible for its success
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • charge an agreed, fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit
  • can hire people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you.

The salary and working hours when you own a business can vary enormously but what's most important is you work hard and love what you do.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time. You can work for your employer during the day, for example, and run your own business in the evenings and at weekends. It’s important to contact HMRC for advice if you’re not sure if you’re self-employed.

You can get help with setting up or developing your business, through the government’s business support services, for example, for advice about tax or how to find funding to start your business.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service, GOV.UK)

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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