Game development is a sought-after profession among young techies, which stems from their love of games. However, to become a game developer in South Africa can be challenging.
While it is growing, game development is still a very small field locally. This means there aren’t many game development jobs available.
Make Games South Africa founder Nicholas Hall told MyGaming that there aren’t a large number of studios in South Africa able to hire game developers.
“This means that a lot of people wanting to enter the industry will have to do so as a start-up,” said Hall.
The good news is that this is starting to change as South African gaming studios mature.
“I expect to see steady growth in the next 5 years, and we will likely in that time frame see one or two existing studios grow to the size where they employ more than 50 people,” said Hall.
Game developer salaries in South Africa
Game development incorporates many fields, including programming, art, and sound. This means that game developer salaries can range significantly.
Hall told MyGaming that game developer salaries also depend on the studio.
“Smaller indie studios will not be able to pay very much or at all, and instead the developers will be getting profit share,” said Hall.
In a more established studio, junior game developer positions will typically pay between R8,000 and 14,000 per month, depending on the role the person and the size of the studio.
Hall said that more experienced game developers can expect to earn between R25,000 and R35,000 at the larger, more established studios.