CEO Computer Games Company
As a chief executive officer (CEO), you are the most senior manager of a company. That means you will be busy managing staff, coming up with strategies to benefit the company and keeping track of budgets. For a games company you will also be coming up with new program ideas to develop and produce.
What the job looks like
starts at $88,610 up to $355,506+
- Being creative
- Making games that people around the world enjoy
- Travelling overseas
- Attending gaming conventions
- Skills are also transferable to film and television
The not so good
- Lots of meetings
- Long hours and working weekends
- Lots of responsibility
Being a CEO of a computer games company is not all just about making and playing video games.
You have to be in control of the business and legal side of things to keep it running smoothly. Plus you will be responsible for managing staff, keeping the business profitable and coming up with new and innovative ideas to stay competitive.
As a senior manager; meetings, presentations and reports will all require excellent writing skills and you will also need a thorough understanding of computers and the mathematical modelling involved.
You can also go on to work in the entertainment industry including films and television.
If you are interested in technology, creativity and business, then a career as a computer games CEO could be for you.
It’s about discipline. The people around me surprise me everyday with their creativity.
Pathways to this career
Subject suggestions for the HSC
Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.
Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.
- English (Standard or higher)
- Mathematics (2 Unit or higher)
- Information Processes and Technology
- Software Design and Development
- Business Studies
- Visual Arts
What can I do after I have finished school?
Studying one of these degrees can help with your career.
- Bachelor of Computer Science
- Bachelor of Engineering (Computer)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Software)
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Combined Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Business
Courses and qualifications
Courses and qualifications can give you a great start.
- Academy of Interactive Entertainment
- Read gaming magazines or follow people in the industry on social media will allow you to keep up to date on all the latest information and developments
- Play lots and lots of video games
- Look at attending events like the BiG Day In
- Keep an eye out for competitions that you can enter. There are also places that offer start up programs, like the Slingshot Accelerator Program at the University of Newcastle
- Build up some work experience
- Keep track of any unique ideas that you have and have a go at sketching out game designs or developing your own app
- Go to career expos and events like university Open Days for information about what you will study