Game Producer

Complete video game projects by overseeing schedules, budgets, and staff.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$42,000 – $118,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Game Producers do?

A Game Producer oversees the creation of a video game from the business perspective. When you’re a Game Producer, your primary purposes are to monitor the budget and schedule, and act as the liaison between the Game Developers, who create the game, and the Video Game Publisher, who sells the game. This is first and foremost an administrative position, but you also dabble in the technical and creative design of a game to ensure that the Publisher’s wishes are considered (i.e. incorporated).

Your day as a Game Producer could include scheduling testing for pre-production, evaluating expense requests, explaining a new feature to the Publisher, and instructing the design team to tone down the violence so you can market to a larger audience. Overall you make sure that the development is progressing smoothly towards completion on a track that is acceptable to the Publisher.

In this field you can either work as an internal or external Producer. Working internally, you are hired by the development team as their correspondent to the Publishers. In this role you are a little bit more hands on as you have the trust and familiarity of the team. As an external Producer you work for the Publisher and manage the team as a corporate representative. Although there are slight work variations, the main difference between these two positions is a matter of allegiance. And cash, as Publishers pay better.

Should I be a Game Producer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Video Game Producer

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