Game Developer & Game Designer: Learn the difference

Game Development Vs Game Design
Game Development Vs Game Design

Do you feel curious about how Computer games come to being? How in Counter-Strike the does a user get to a new scene every time you run him in different directions? Well, that game is a product of a team of game developer and designers. While the game developers create computer programs that make the game possible, the game designer zooms into establishing how the game come to be, i.e. the obstacles the heroes face, how they would attack the enemy, and how they level up gets decided by the designers of the game.
Let’s discuss the two most important members of a Game Development company, Game Developers and Game Designers.

What is Game Development?
Game development is the process of creating a game that could run on a website, a mobile phone or a computer. As long as the application requires some skillset or interaction from the side of the user, we can call that application a ‘game’.

Game Designers
What is the Job Description of a Game Designer?
The cycle of Game Development truly starts with a Game Designer. A Game Designer is entrusted with various vital responsibilities. Apart from making the whole concept of the game, its characters, storyline and how the users will interact with them, Game Designers also define the maps and scenarios of the game.

Course / Academic Background:
Bachelor’s degree in computer science/computer animation diploma courses


Skills learnt during the Course:
Computer Graphics, Motion Graphics, 2D/3D Animation, Softwares like 3DS, Maya, Unity


Average Salary:
According to PayScale, the average Game designer salary in India is around Rs. 3,93,054 per annum. This figure on average can reach to Rs. 5,00,000 per annum with 1-4 years of experience and Rs. 8,89,827 with 5-9 years of experience.

Game Developers
What is the Job Description of a Game Developer?
A Game Developer takes the design ideas given by Game Designers and converts them into code that will bring the designers’ visions to reality. The tasks for Game Developers usually involve, implementing the visual aspects, such as games terrains, maps; programming AI for computer-based characters.


Course / Academic background needed
Bachelor’s degree in computer science

Skills learnt during the course
Mathematics Foundation courses such as Discrete Math, Probability and Statistics; Data Structures and Algorithms, Databases, Operating System

The average salary for fresher
According to PayScale, the average Game developer salary in India is around Rs. 3,00,000 per annum. This figure on average can reach to 4,25,000 Rs per annum with 1-4 years of experience and Rs. with 5-9 years of experience.

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By Prashant & Ankush