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How to Find and Hire a Perfect Game Dev Team in 2021

To develop a mobile game you need a good idea and a very good team of professional game developers

Once you’ve created a clear vision of the game project you want to build, the next step will always be to find a game dev team to bring it to life. Finding the best game developers, who are truly passionate about video games and game design, is not an easy task.

In this article, we’ll focus on the different approaches to finding dedicated game developers for creating your next masterpiece.

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Game technologies to choose before hiring a game dev team

To start with, you need to understand which specific technologies your game needs to be developed in. This will define the tech expertise of game developers that you need. At this point, you may need to discuss your specific requirements with an experienced game developer or game development firm.

For game development, you typically need to source developers with strong expertise with game engines, like Unity and Unreal, and relevant programming languages — C#, C++, JavaScript, Python along with competencies related to graphics.

Game development teams consist of various professionals with competencies in the programming itself, 3D modeling, audio, animation, UI/UX, and visual arts. The size of a game development team obviously depends on the complexity of the game to be created. The game dev team from Ninja Theory, which created the well-known game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice involved 20 to 25 team members. According to the Unreal Engine’s forum survey, generally speaking, a successful game team may consist of 1 to 30 game developers. The small team typically consists of a game designer and programmer. You may wonder what kind of a successful game could be created by only one or two persons, and here is an easy answer for you: remember Flappy Bird? Dong Nguyen was a Vietnamese game developer from Hanoi who designed the addictive mobile app by himself. The new game was such a huge almost-an-overnight success that the game developer removed his masterpiece from the App Store and Google Play.

Within the last few years Extended Reality (XR), the umbrella term for:

  • Augmented Reality (AR);
  • Mixed Reality (MR); and
  • Virtual Reality (VR)

XR is the fastest emerging part of the industry. The Virtual Developers Reality Conference report suggests that there is more prospect for AR and MR than for VR. Survey participants often comment that AR is a much easier concept for users to grasp because it is less of discontinuous innovation.

The Virtual Developers Reality Conference report suggests that there is more prospect for AR and MR than for VR.

There are a handful of other concerns with VR which it will need to overcome, including:

  • Restricted freedom of movement,
  • motion sickness, and
  • Other possible health effects.

Other issues include:

  • The relatively high prices of VR headsets;
  • The complexity of setting them up; and
  • Hardware (computers, consoles) has to be upgraded accordingly.

In contrast, AR technology doesn’t require any additional effort to start experiencing it.

While there are other applications of XR such as education, retail, and marketing, travel, etc. for now it is mostly used within the game industry. Hence the constant demand for VR/AR/MR skilled game developers continues to grow.

In addition to having prior experience with the relevant game engine, excellent knowledge of physics, mathematics, 3D design, and programming languages (C#, C++, JavaScript) are the prerequisites of talented XR developers.

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For AR, Vuforia is the most recognized platform along with Kudan and EasyAR.  MR developers have to be highly advanced software programmers with a solid knowledge of 3D, sound production, UI/UX. Unity and Unreal offer a range of useful tools for VR development.

Options for finding dedicated game devs

Finding a dedicated game dev team can be a challenge. There are, however, multiple ways of finding and hiring talented game developers:

  • Game development communitiesTIGSource, IndieDB, Develteam can be a starting point where to look for game developers;
  • Online freelance networks like UpWork;
  • Online hiring platforms such as us, YouTeam, provide more advanced sourcing options for offshore developers. We can help you source and hire game developers in 48 hours or less, all ready to start next week.

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Online game development communities

Online game development communities like TIGSource, IndieDB give you the ability to post your job and provide access to the profiles of their community members. The profiles are not verified and overall appear to provide sketchy data, but nevertheless, contain information on the skills and projects of their members.

Develteam is a free online platform for creating projects and recruiting team members. Job offers are posted along with the description of the project and you can communicate with developers through the comments section. Although from my review, only 3 of the 15 projects posted managed to find professionals for their projects. Overall it seems that these communities and platforms are more of an option to hire a dev for independent games with small budgets or even no budget whatsoever.

UpWork and TopTal provide visitors access to the profiles of hundreds of freelancers with game development expertise and years of experience. UpWork is the market-leading provider of freelance talent, whereas TopTal positions itself as an exclusive freelancers’ network with only top developers. Profiles of the developers give a more complete picture of their expertise and relevance to your project. Both platforms are perfect for work with single freelancers and not so suitable when you need to hire a game development team.

Marketplace for offshore development talent

YouTeam takes quite a different approach as a hiring platform. It doesn’t work with freelancers, only with developers employed by pre-vetted software companies.

The vetting process is thorough and comprehensive and hence ensures that the listed developers are best in their areas of expertise. Game dev teams can be assembled within surprisingly short time frames, complete with all the aforementioned expertise related to game development, here are some example searches:

We hope this guide on how to find a game dev team will help you!

Hiring the best IT professionals: FAQ

How much does it cost to hire an offshore developer?

The cost of hiring an offshore developer varies from country to country. Asia is the least expensive place to hire programmers. The average hourly rate for software development in Asia in 2021 is $25.83. Check our research on offshore development rates in 2021 to find out about the price of IT services in other regions.

What are the main risks of IT outsourcing?

IT outsourcing is a great way to save costs while minimizing internal complexities in the early days of a startup. Companies like AppSumo, Google, Slack, WhatsApp, Basecamp all rely on remote programmers. Although the world’s leading companies benefit from the use of outsourcing, this model is not perfect. Therefore, we prepared this article on the risks of outsourcing so that you can get prepared to mitigate them as efficiently as possible.

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Written by
Tristan Senycia

Tristan Senycia is an ex-Product Manager at YouTeam.

He is also the founder of LeverPoint Advisory, which consults in the areas of commercialisation management, go-to-market strategy, High-Tech marketing strategy and customer development. 

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