The recent boom in gaming has led game developers and online gaming platforms to scale up infrastructure like never before, fuelling unprecedented demand for gaming professionals in India. Over the last six months, gaming industry in the country has seen a 25-30% increase in hiring, according to TeamLease, a staffing company.
According to TeamLease, UI/UX developers & testers, concept designers, developers, 3D artists, animators, programmers, audio engineers, script writers, language interpreters/translators are some of the gaming related job profiles that are in demand.
To make the most of this rising interest, many companies want to rush new games sooner to the market. This has led to an increase in game development work out of India, leading to demand for new talent.
Gurugram-based art and animation firm Lakshya Digital, which currently has a team of 500, plans to hire up to 70 more people over the next 12 months. Similarly, US-based Rockstar Games, which acquired Indian gaming firm Dhruva Interactive in 2019, is also looking to expand its India team. The company has published several postings on various job portals for multiple positions such as face editors, animation content developers and gameplay programmers.
French gaming company Ubisoft which has got game studios in Mumbai and Pune is developing the remake of the classic AAA game Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, out of India.
The recent investment in several Indian gaming startups is also encouraging them to scale up and hire new talent. Bengaluru-based gaming startup Bombay Play which received seed funding of $2 million in June has been working on expanding the team.
“With the new funding, first we want to invest in expanding our team and then take the product to overseas markets,” said Oliver Jones, co-founder Bombay Play.
WinZO Games, a Delhi based online game aggregator, which raised $18 million in series B funding in September, is hiring aggressively across verticals with the aim of doubling the existing team.
Before covid-19 outbreak, staffing firm Xpheno had estimated gaming-based job openings in India at 23,000 with salary package of up to ₹40 lakhs.
Currently valued at $930 million, Indian gaming industry is expected to grow at 41% annually, according to Maple Capital Advisors. As per a Google-KPMG report, Indian online gaming market is poised to grow to $1 billion by 2021.
This article was first published on livemint.com