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Want to turn your interest in gaming into a career? You’d better have some college experience. 93% of gaming industry workers surveyed by the International Game Developers Association reported having taken at least one college class. So, college is a must. But should game development be your major? 64% of developers reported that their degree applied to gaming in some way such as design, programming, or possibly storytelling. Only 26% of the group had directly game-related degrees however, and more than 1 out of every 5 game developers said their educational focus had nothing at all to do with gaming.
If you want to pursue a career in video game development, you many want to find a college that can support a video game degree – whether you study a lot or a little about the field. The Entertainment Software Association compiled a list of each state’s colleges, universities, and trade schools offer some degree of video game coursework or certifications. California was a clear leader in producing new industry grads, with 72 different schools offering video game education. If you don’t live in California, don’t worry. Every other state (except South Carolina) offered at least one school with gaming-specific courses. Considering the growth of this industry, we only expect the number of schools providing gaming education to keep growing too.