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Game DeveloperAlternative titles

Kaihanga Tākaro

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Game Artist/Animator
Game Designer
Game Producer
Game Programmer
Game Tester

Game developers create, write, design, program, animate, and test games and applications for computers, gaming consoles, and cellphones. The games are written in a variety of computer programming languages.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Game developers starting out usually earn
per year
Game developers with experience can earn
per year
Source: Media Design School.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: NZ Game Developers Association annual surveys.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job is good for skilled game developers. Though the occupation is small, it is growing rapidly.

How to get into this job

Usually required

One of:

  • a degree in computer science or programming
  • a degree or higher diploma in games art or computer animation.

Useful school subjects


Computing and ICT



Visual Arts

A game developer wearing headphones and holding a controller to test a computer game

Game developers have to rigorously test their games

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Updated 28 Aug 2014