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Game design is a subset of the field of video game development and a game designer is a professional who designs video games. Game designers lead the game development and dictate the design and flow of the entire game. They design the structure of the game and develop its layout.

What Does a Game Designer Do?

A game designer uses his creativity to design games to be played across different platforms and devices. The game designer uses his imagination skills to plan each and every aspect of the game, including settings, rules, story flows, characters and even modes of play. They bring to life an idea and develop a story, plays, dialogues and environments around that idea to engage the players. Game designers dons many hats – they are writers, artists as well as programmers. Not only do they have the artistic vision to design the elements of the game but also are technically skilled to oversee and contribute to the game’s construction aspects such as programming, image rendering and editing.

Game designers work in tandem with professionals like game developers and animators to bring the best gaming experience to the users. Game developers, though often referred to as game designers, are actually professionals who write codes for games for a variety of platforms.

Most of the game designers work for themselves and find freelance jobs online through a freelance marketplace company like Guru.

If you are looking to hire a game designer, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Write design documents, create level layouts and storyboards.

  • Run design review meetings for features and systems.

  • Document and communicate gameplay mechanics and features.

  • Create innovative game designs and oversee their completion.

  • Create mathematical models to reflect the game’s design.

  • Assess existing games in the market and predict market trends.

  • Contribute to design brainstorms and ideation.

  • Design, tweak and optimize the player experience.

  • Help build and improve existing design frameworks.

Qualifications of a Game Designer

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • Professional education in Computer Science or Game Design or related fields

  • Understanding of game balancing, pacing and player motivations

  • Ability to unify analytics and player feedback into great, iterative design solutions

  • Programming ability (C# preferred)

  • Proficiency in Excel

  • Ability to provide visual designs with mock-ups

When looking for a game designer for hire, make sure they have a thorough understanding of various aspects of game design, like the concept, progression of the game, game interfaces, monetization and retention.

Benefits of Hiring Freelance Game Designers

Freelance game designers typically take up only a couple of projects at a time and are, thus, able to dedicate their time and efforts completely to one client. They may also undertake game development and can, thus, package their services.

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