China Games Jobs is the professional group for all working in the video games industry in China or all interested in moving to work in games in China. This is a forum to exchange ideas, help and advice on current topics and trends in jobs and careers within China. If you are a member of LinkedIn, you can join over 1500 others who share the same interests.
Many games have had success in the west, only to flounder overseas. Especially in China, where western game developers have large problems penetrating the market. Mark Niu shares the success of Popcaps. The game developer that had success in China, but not without bumps along the way.
Ubisoft in Shanghai work on some of the world’s top Ubisoft franchises. Here is a corporate video showing some of the team. Interactive Selection have visited this studio and can help make an introduction. Singing lessons are optional! Contact Interactive Selection for further information.
Nick Lee, Associate Producer at XPEC Entertainment met David Smith from Game Careers and Interactive Selection at Game Connection in Lyon, France in November 2010. His advice for those seeking a job with Expec Entertainment in China or Taiwan: “We are a developer thats still growing so there’s a lot of room for growth. So if you have talent and you really want to create things on your own I think its a great place to come. Defintely working in Asia is an experience that you ought to have.” See the full interview by clicking on the video link below.
Can you think of 2 more prestigious institutions than the BBC and Edge Magazine? David Smith, MD of Interactive Selection, found himself live in front of BBC News anchors Simon McCoy and Carrie Gracie at 10.43 on September 21st for an interview about the games industry and the topic of start ups and jobs. For a full 3 minutes he fielded questions on the state of the games industry today, how it may fare providing new jobs moving forward and how the unemployed may want to find a job within computer games. For a more detailed report see the Games Job Blog.
On September 21st Edge Magazine’s feature Get into Games 2010 was published and David Smith again found himself the firts external recruiter to be interviewed in the history of Edge Magazine. You can click through to the full report: Get Into Games 2010: David Smith, Interactive Selection
2 questions about the role of the modern recruiter from the Edge interview are repeated here:
Edge: Thanks to things like forums, modding and trade shows, the game industry gets closer to its audience by the year. How does that affect the job of the recruiter?
David: You haven’t mentioned social networking, which is probably a bigger influence than the other three. Sites like LinkedIn are a godsend for internal recruiters in particular, as well as for people with their own LinkedIn profile who want to talk directly to employers. But in terms of the role of the recruiter – and yes, it’s changing all the time – I’d say that recruiters these days are much less a necessary middleman than a necessary guide or confidante, or even a trusted professional advisor. That can be for employers as well, not just jobseekers. We offer that extra bit of expertise in what is a very fast and changing market.
Edge: But aren’t developers trying to step into that mentor role themselves to an extent?
David: The difference between that and a jobseeker talking to a recruiter is that developers only have the one job to offer, which is with their particular company. Recruiters are paid to have a knowledge of the overall market and don’t just offer a portfolio of potential jobs – they can also talk to jobseekers on a job-by-job basis. If you’ve got a job with Quantic Dream, they’re not going to offer you a job at Ubisoft down the road – they’re interested in their immediate needs, so they’re never going to be able to offer the advice that we give, which is really to look after people over their whole career.
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What’s it like working in Asia’s largest games studio with over 400 staff? David Smith, MD, Interactive Selection interviewed Yannick Theler, HR Director Ubisoft Shanghai during his recent visit to GDC China 11-15 October 2009.
The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. The Oriental Pearl Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai. It was designed by Jiang Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994 – 2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers.BIZ visited the tower during CDC China on October 2009.
The Bund in China’s Shanghai stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River. Traditionally, the Bund begins at Yan’an Road (formerly Edward VII Avenue) in the south and ends at Waibaidu Bridge (formerly Garden Bridge) in the north, which crosses Suzhou Creek. The Bund centres on a stretch of the Zhongshan Road, named after Sun Yat-sen. Zhongshan Road is a largely circular road which formed the traditional conceptual boundary of Shanghai city “proper”. To the west of this stretch of the road stands some 52 buildings of various Western classical and modern styles which is the main feature of the Bund. David Smith of Interactive Selection took this film on a trip to GDC China in October 2009.
Game Developers Conference China 2009 organizers have announced almost 3,000 attendees in total for the Shanghai-based event, revealing plans to hold GDC China 2010 next December. The event ended on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Shanghai International Convention Center. According to organizers, it brought together over 900 conference, media, and speaking attendees and over 2,000 expo attendees. David Smith of Interactive Selection attended the conference and then visited a number of clients in Shanghai. Interactive Selection is the leading international recruiter in the Chinese market. The GDC China Expo had over 60 participating companies including Shanda Games, Tencent Games, 9You, Emergent Games, Dolby, Autodesk, Crytek, China Telecom, and Xpec. David took this short video to give you a flavour of the excitement at the Expo.