The role of a Project Manager is to create and meet targets and deadlines for multiple projects within a game studio. They manage projects day-to-day and ultimately take responsibility for reaching objectives.
Project Managers design plans for meeting goals and introduce processes to ensure the quality of the work. They have to consider many aspects including available budgets, potential risks, time constraints, and resources.
Experience and knowledge of the gaming industry will help you understand and manage these elements. Leadership, communication, negotiation skills will help you get the most out of the people in your teams. And being logical, pragmatic and staying calm under pressure are traits perfect for this role.
- Being Organised
- Helping People
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YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Many Project Managers 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 planning, being organised and working with others.
As a professional, you’ll ensure workflow and deadlines are met, making sure teams are working collaboratively and efficiently. You will use project management software like Trello and Basecamp to help track resources and deliverables. We recommend using our tool picker to help you choose the right ones for your current level and purpose.
Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.
As a Project Manager, your CV should outline relevant work you're most proud of and showcase your role in high-impact projects. Displaying passion and understanding of the fundamental process of game development will give you the advantage. 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?
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I love being involved with the whole creative process, seeing how things are made and constantly learningCharlie Coler - Project Manager, Studio GoboRead the full story