A Games Journalist creates news, features and reviews about video games and the wider industry.
You will have excellent writing and presentation skills across a range of media, and a solid understanding of what gamers want to hear about. Games audiences know a lot about their subject, so you will too. You’ll build a network of contacts in the industry so you can keep up to date and call on experts for original comment and interviews.
Full-time roles in this specialism are rare. Many games journalists are freelance, balancing their work in games with other subjects, or with other types of work outside journalism.
- Telling Stories
- Working Alone
- Social Media
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YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Many Games Journalists 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 enjoys documenting, storytelling and communicating.
As a professional, you’ll follow trends, research, make announcements and review new game releases. You’ll have an expert level knowledge of the game industry and may use online platforms and social media to follow trends and publish articles, blogs, vlogs and/or podcasts. You might use automation platforms like Tweetdeck and insight tools like Google Analytics.
Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your portfolio (a collection of your best work) stands out to employers and course leaders.
As a Games Journalist, your work should showcase your best written and published content. You should demonstrate your ability to create informative and engaging posts. For more general ideas on developing your portfolio, see our top tips page.
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
I really love being able to highlight games that should be highlightedJupiter Hadley - Games JournalistRead the full story