Breaking into the games industry can be both exciting and challenging. Here are five networking tips that can be particularly useful:

  1. Attend Industry Events and Conferences: Participate in game industry events like GDC (Game Developers Conference), E3, and local meetups. These events are great for meeting professionals and learning about the latest trends. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and ask questions.
  2. Participate in Online Communities: Join online forums, social media groups, and platforms like Discord that are focused on game development. Engage in discussions, share your work, and ask for feedback. This can be a great way to build relationships with peers and industry professionals. On the Wirral there is The DarkSide collective (look it up). In Liverpool there are SOOOO many communities – ImmersiveLiverpool is very good.
  3. Collaborate on Projects: Consider collaborating on game development projects, whether they are indie games, mods, or game jams like Ludum Dare. Working on projects not only builds your portfolio but also connects you with other passionate individuals in the field.
  4. Build a Strong Online Presence: Create an online portfolio to showcase your work, whether it’s game design, programming, art, or another area of expertise. Regularly update your LinkedIn profile and consider writing blogs or creating content related to your game development journey. If you are not on LinkedIN get onto it. GitHub, ArtStation, or do your own website. Start making and sharing your content.
  5. Seek Mentorship and Advice: Don’t be afraid to reach out to industry professionals for informational interviews or mentorship. Many professionals are open to sharing their experiences and providing guidance, which can be invaluable for your career development. At Scenegraph, we love to work with talent and take people under our wing. That being said, our time is limited.

Remember, networking is about building genuine relationships. Be respectful, curious, and open to learning from others. Your passion for the industry will often speak for itself.