If game developers are building a tower, DevOps built the crane.
A DevOp’s principal goal is to automate and streamline, making game building more efficient and reliable. They make sure the tools and servers used by the team for game development are in good working order. They team up with the I.T Engineers to keep build machines and versioning software running, as well as building automatic ways to test the game and other tools needed to keep everything working smoothly.
You’ll need an enthusiasm for technology, systems design, and teamwork to be successful in this profession. Programming and managing infrastructure will also be key items in your skill set.
- Being Organised
- Designing things
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Many DevOps have a degree, which provides professional development and a recognised qualification to employers. However, there are many available pathways and all people working in games claim a unique career journey. Above all, you will need to demonstrate passion and skills in your chosen field. For this job role, you should be someone who loves technology, coding and working collaboratively.
As a professional, you’ll be responsible for making the game development process smooth and efficient. You’ll focus on system administration, networking and security. You’ll possess experience with popular DevOps tools like Puppet, Kubernetes, and Jenkins.
Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.
Devops is a cross-disciplinary role and so demands a wide skill-set. Some Devops, begin in junior programming and engineering roles to gain valuable knowledge of the game development process. Your CV should outline your previous experience and show a passion for games. For more ideas, see our top tips page on building your portfolio.
Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills and network; or start modding others games to gain experience.
Where are you in your games journey?
Try and build your first game here
- A-Level or Level 3 options: BTEC Diploma in Computing, BTEC Diploma in Computing for Creative Industries, BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production, Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Art and Design
- Start building a game portfolio here.
- Find intermediate or advanced animation and art tools here
- See links to training or mentorships here
I feel close to the players as my role is one of the few that works on the game once it has been releasedAnnie Barnett - DevOps Engineer, Criterion GamesRead the full story