My name is Marta Romaniuk, I’ve been working as a recruiter at Escadra Recruitment Agency for 3 years. In this article, I will share my insights and knowledge that I have gained during my work focusing on recruiting in the game industry. Using my own recruiter’s perspective, I will highlight the key aspects of this exciting industry and provide tips on how to effectively manage the hiring process in this segment. So, let’s look at how to make recruiting in game development more successful and efficient.

Game development is a creative and exciting process that becomes a challenge for recruiters, requiring a unique approach and special skills. In today’s rapidly evolving world of the game industry, finding and attracting talented professionals is becoming increasingly important for the successful development of innovative and engaging games.

Recruiters operating in this environment face many challenges related to finding specialists who will not only bring innovative ideas, but also fit into the unique team and requirements of the technicalrecruiting in game development

In this article, we will look at the stages of recruitment that are crucial for building strong game dev teams and successful game development. We will identify the main challenges at each stage and consider strategies aimed at effectively overcoming them. From analyzing the needs of teams to evaluating and attracting talent, we will explore the key aspects that determine the success of recruiting for game developers.

Stages of Recruiting – Creative Approach

Starting with the direct search, the first step, and a crucial one, is to analyze the market, research current trends, and get acquainted with the customer’s wishes for a specific position or project. It is important to note that in the game development industry, each project is a unique work of art. Therefore, a recruiter should not only have the technical tools, but also a sophisticated sense of the art to form a team that will not only fulfill the task, but also harmoniously fit into the project concept.

De facto, it is possible to identify and create so-called recruiting stages-templates that can be used to guide further actions:

  • Organizing a meeting: Organization of a meeting to clarify the company’s wishes and project concept, perception of the position through the eyes of the client.
  • Detailed Analysis: Access to the company’s history and policies, project details, and understanding the size of the team are key stages of recruiting for this position.
  • Test Assignment: A test task to assess the candidate’s skills.
  • Portfolio Requirements: Setting portfolio requirements especially for positions like Animator, Artist, etc.
  • Timeframe and Additional Requirements: Define the timeframe and other additional requirements for the position.

It is also worth noting that recruiting in this industry is somewhat creative. Particular attention should be paid to familiarizing yourself with the candidates’ experience, as well as to the recruiter’s subjective assessment of the portfolio and the chances of their work meeting the client’s/Lead’s expectations. Given this, it is important to pay attention to the style of work expected by the client as early as at the stage of formulating the requirements for the position.

Candidate Screening and Talent Acquisition:

The candidate screening and talent acquisition phase is a key step in building a successful game development team. At this stage, recruiters actively apply a variety of strategies based on their technical knowledge and ability to determine the potential of candidates.

It is worth clarifying that the focus is not only on technical skills, but also on in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry and readiness for a creative approach. In particular, it is important to assess how well a candidate is familiar with the gaming industry and how they can contribute to project development.

The talent search process uses a variety of sources, and the main platform is professional social networks. This allows recruiters to get acquainted with actual projects, determine the style or genre of games that candidates are working on.

Based on the previously mentioned portfolio template, at this stage, it is the recruiter who can subjectively evaluate the portfolio and, if necessary, ask to modify or fill it with a specific style that would meet the requirements of this particular position. Almost always, this plays a positive role in the further consideration of the candidate, and the request to modify or fill in the portfolio is usually positively received by the candidate. This interaction with the candidate not only improves the quality of the material presented, but also promotes mutual understanding between the recruiter and the candidate.

The final stage of the assessment often includes a face-to-face meeting where the recruiter discusses in detail the relevance of the candidate’s experience to the specific position. Additionally, at this stage, the candidate receives information about the company, the project, additional wishes, as well as examples of the company’s work or a specific project. Interaction at this stage creates the basis for a successful and productive future development.

Talent Acquisition Strategies: Individuality and Creativity

After a thorough candidate assessment, it’s time to focus on our talent acquisition strategy, which is key to successfully building our team. This strategy is most effective when we have mutual trust and adhere to high standards of quality and reliability in our interactions with clients and candidates.

In the context of a candidate, we always monitor their development at all stages of recruitment, taking into account all the smallest details. We clarify in detail their financial expectations and professional growth ambitions, and always strive to provide prompt feedback. Openness and trust are the basis for a successful cooperation.

As for our clients, we understand that drafting a proposal is a real art. Our goal is to prepare an offer that would be extremely important to the candidate and leave no room for rejection. We make every effort to ensure that the final result is always positive. Each position requires an individualized and creative approach, and this is where it is important for a recruiter to be flexible, going beyond the technical background.

We strive to build long-term relationships based on mutual trust and understanding of the unique needs of each candidate and client. Our creativity lies in our ability to effectively solve problems, responding to the biggest challenges and creating partnerships that go beyond the standards of recruitment.

Importance of International Collaboration and Future Prospects

The last and most important aspect worth paying attention to is international cooperation and future prospects in game development. It brings many benefits and challenges, shaping not only the current state of the industry but also its future.

I suggest highlighting several key aspects:

  • Greater diversity of talent and ideas: International collaboration creates opportunities to interact with professionals from all over the world, enriching projects with diverse talent, creative ideas, and a unique approach to game development.
  • Global competitiveness: Attracting talent from different regions makes game teams more adaptive to global trends and market demands.
  • Sophisticated knowledge base: Our recruiters, who are knowledgeable in the gaming industry and have international recruiting experience, use their extensive database to select the best candidates in any region, based on client needs and high recruiting standards.
  • Trends and Innovations: Active interaction of recruiters with the gaming community and consideration of industry trends allow us to improve strategies, adapting them to the constant modernization of the gaming environment.
  • The future of game development depends not only on technological advances, but also on the global pool of talent and ideas. And recruiters play a key role in this.

In Conclusion

 Turning to the various aspects of game development, it is important to take into account each highlighted point in this article. As for whether there are specifics of recruiting in the gaming industry, the answer is definitely yes.

In this incredible world of the latest technologies, each industry is unique, but, for me personally, the gaming segment is particularly exciting and creative. Not only is the gaming industry appealing for its technological complexity, but it also seems to be an incredibly fascinating world where each position is a separate story and an opportunity for self-expression. Going deeper into this area, you feel that you are becoming a part of something bigger, because every detail in game development has its own important purpose.

Getting to know the candidates and their work is an amazing discovery, while personal meetings and the opportunity to influence projects provide space for personal growth and unleashing creative potential. Having the opportunity to immerse yourself in this industry brings new meaning to the concept of work, making every day an exciting adventure in a world where technology is combined with creativity, and the individuality of each employee is a key ingredient in successful game development.