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Offline kevglass

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« Posted 2015-02-15 22:02:22 »

Lots of us here appear to be indie game developers in our spare time, but have another primary income source - so what do you do?

Of course, if you're a developer making a living from games, tell us that too!

Cheers,

kev

Offline Niwak
« Reply #1 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:09:37 »

Manager of a big team in an industrial company. Nothing to do with gaming but it's my hobby and I would miss something without it. Beside, my coding level and production is not that good that I could live from it...
Offline Mike

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:11:21 »

I work as a delivery architect in the application performance management sector. It involves a lot of customer facing activities as well as application troubleshooting/monitoring and SLA/KPI automation.

Been doing it for 6 years now and the nicest parts about it is the diversity of different customer environments which keeps me up to date with new technologies, the good salary and the satisfaction of helping people out in their daily jobs.

My current game, Minecraft meets Farmville and goes online Smiley
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Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #3 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:12:10 »

Not a full blown career because I'm still in high school but in the summer I work as an intern for a company that develops educational software for schools; They recently went international which is pretty cool. During the school year I'm now working with egghead games when I have time.
Offline lcass
« Reply #4 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:40:57 »

Year11 student , readying up for GCSE's in 3 months, revision starts tommorow  Cranky. Naturally one of the best in the computer science classes (wasn't that difficult but still), maths year early , surprisingly good at english even though my spelling and punctuation appear to fall flat. Hopefully going to begin doing an intern ship over the summer or to pick-up and finish SOLIS.
Offline nerb
« Reply #5 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:51:35 »

Up until the start of last year, I was a Resource Forester. Most people equate being a forester with being a lumberjack, but I actually spent most of my time with GIS, spreadsheets and databases. Most of my work revolved around mapping, forest measurement, research trials, fire fighting and working with laser-scanned sawlog data.

I'm now a casual work-from-home GIS Officer, and constantly trying to snag another forester role. In the meantime I'm studying Computer Science to pursue my interests, broaden my horizons, and augment my current skills. (Forestry is one of those great industries which brings together many diverse disciplines; stereotypical burly blokes with axes are in fact quite a rarity).
Offline cylab

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2015-02-15 22:57:49 »

Freelance everything working mostly for insurance companies. Currently something between dev-op, cloud-manager, systems-engineer and portal-troublemakershooter...

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Offline princec

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2015-02-15 23:05:15 »

Well, I... make games for a "living". Not very successfully I might add  Emo

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Offline Riven
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« Reply #8 - Posted 2015-02-15 23:08:33 »

After having worked from home for about a year, it turned out that I actually need people around me to function at any level. After that I landed a job in a rapidly growing company that supports schools in modernizing their education, for which we provide rather complex (web)services and support. It's at times even more dull than it sounds, but I'm there mainly for the human interaction/cooperation. Actual work comes second, maybe third. persecutioncomplex

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Offline KudoDEV

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2015-02-15 23:12:53 »

I am currently contracted by Dell SecureWorks as an on call developer.

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Offline LiquidNitrogen
« Reply #10 - Posted 2015-02-15 23:27:11 »

I live in a tar paper shack in the middle of a forest.

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2015-02-16 00:34:21 »

I worked for Ericsson Telecom but recently changed jobs to a finance startup in San Francisco but most of the time I am working at home.
I must agree with Riven that home office is not so fun as it sounds. If you do it like 1 time per week is super cool. If you do it 2 months straight you start hearing voices in your head.

Offline SHC
« Reply #12 - Posted 2015-02-16 02:14:09 »

I'm still a student currently in the second year of college studying computer science, waiting to hopefully get into a good firm (still has 3 years of study infront of me). In free time, I do make $100 - $150 a month from Google Adsense, by creating videos for youtube.

Offline divxdede
« Reply #13 - Posted 2015-02-16 07:29:25 »

I'm a CTO in a small french software company (around 40 employees)
We wrote softwares in many realms like insurance, stock gestion, ....

It took/take me a lot of time and writing some "free" stuff at home is a way to wash my head.
I mean free for theses topics:
  - no deadline / planning
  - no success garantee
  - no client's returns
  - no mandatory subjects

That's why if at home i don't finish a project, it's not a problem for me Tongue

The only things i regret with home job is to lost the team work (i love that),
But it's the price for having previous topics : it's hard to work without planning or sucess garantee when you start to work with someone else (just for respect him).

So, i learn some low-level stuffs at home (like OpenGL) for contrast with all high-level stuffs we work with at work (many of them was done by me).

Séb.




Offline trollwarrior1
« Reply #14 - Posted 2015-02-16 07:44:08 »

My friends are still in high school and I work for this:
www.on-5.com

Its been an amazing experience, because they hired me even though I had no formal education and almost no programming experience, and over the last 10 months period I worked hear I would think that my programming capabilities at least doubled or even tripled compared to what it was before.
Offline Icecore
« Reply #15 - Posted 2015-02-16 09:08:10 »

In past Software game developer in indie company XD
(even Team lead some times, but its hard call Team lead when you have so small team like 3 ppl)

(its where specific indie company shi don’t make games for self like all used to think,
Shi takes order and money - to make games for client)

Games ar HOGs - http://www.bigfishgames.com/download-games/genres/15/hidden-object.html
making them is very - very boring

but even for them - budget is 300 000 $ per middle game (Collector's Edition).

now quit (3 month ago) - tired, small salary, and want some time for coding for self ^^

up:
i feel self wrong because don't say "small salary" how is it
- i simple even don't want call that number,
but so many ppl ask self how much is "small" that I talking on )

15 000 $ per year - and you work for 3-4 different ppl ^^
- like Project Manager make Timelines
- then Like Team Lead split work for parts and watch to ppl make it in time
- Make tech art (like all animations for testing game mechanics etc)
- make Game animation except very difficult
- programming own timeline work Smiley
- and all that for 2-3 projects at once

From advantage this work:
I worked 6 hr per day 5 day per week – not 8hr, simple can’t - mind blow up after 6 there.
And 1200$ per month no so bad in place where I leave. =)

From cons:
it's very tiring.
And no chance to payment grow up there Smiley

p.s Also (chief still owns me for 2 month payment and don’t want give it back XD)

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Offline Gibbo3771

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2015-02-16 09:43:12 »

Not really a career but I study at college which funny enough brings me on around £450 a month, then I work as a part time cleaner which brings me in a measly £215 per month.

I have also started doing voluntary work as well but I don't exactly get paid for that.

I am hoping to make some money off mountain biking this year as well, as I have plans to enter events (with cash prize!).

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Offline DrHalfway
« Reply #17 - Posted 2015-02-16 11:11:16 »

Freelance developer/research for a company doing Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

They had crazy and insane ideas.

I made them into a reality for small pocket change.

I regret nothing.

Offline ags1

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Make code not war!


« Reply #18 - Posted 2015-02-16 11:28:55 »

I provide second-line support to developers using various enterprise APIs. I manage schemas and datamodels and build toolsets for these, and I write user guides.

Offline PaulReeves

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« Reply #19 - Posted 2015-02-16 13:22:54 »

I am a C++ programmer and in the days of the Playstation 2 I worked in the games industry.
Offline KevinWorkman

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« Reply #20 - Posted 2015-02-16 14:39:00 »

After that I landed a job in a rapidly growing company that supports schools in modernizing their education, for which we provide rather complex (web)services and support. It's at times even more dull than it sounds, but I'm there mainly for the human interaction/cooperation. Actual work comes second, maybe third.

Riven: That actually sounds really cool. What kind of modernization do you do? (As in, do you work on updating the curriculum, or the computers, maybe a mix?)

I live in a tar paper shack in the middle of a forest.

LiquidNitrogen: I live in a VAN down by the RIVER!!!

Not really a career but I study at college which funny enough brings me on around £450 a month

Gibbo3771: What! How do you get money from studying? I feel like this information could have come in handy for me in the past...

Freelance developer/research for a company doing Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

DrHalfway: That sounds crazy. I'm currently in a class involving AR and VR. I just started a project using OpenCV, and my mind is blown with every line of code I write. Can you tell us more about some of the projects you work on?

Hey look at me actually using the mentions feature!

Anyway, I work for the FAA (federal aviation administration (the plane people)) designing prototype GUIs for air traffic controllers (the folks in the towers telling planes what to do). It can be really interesting, but you would be terrified by how far behind the technology can be- we're still working on using GPS to tell planes where to go!

Interestingly, almost all of the work is in Java, and most of my stuff is in Swing. Who says Swing is dead??

Edit: kevglass, what do **you** do??

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« Reply #21 - Posted 2015-02-16 14:56:12 »

I'm a co-owner at WebHotelier, we launched in 2008 and I've been working there ever since. Well, from home actually, the company HQ is 800km from where I live. It's nothing exciting technology-wise, even though it's a JVM based platform, I have most fun doing SQL magic (yes, there is such a thing). For the past year or so I've also been doing extensive research on a "next-gen" re-architecture of the whole thing, which should be keep things interesting. We'll need it too, since we're currently expanding internationally.

In my free time, I work on LWJGL and (try to) raise a little girl.
Offline delt0r

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Computers can do that?


« Reply #22 - Posted 2015-02-16 15:07:03 »

I am a scientist at the EPFL in switzerland. Previously I was at the Vienna University in Austria. I write Coalescent simulators that roughly simulate evolution on DNA. Its not going well and i am probably going to drop science at the end of the year. No idea what is next. Would love to go off grid and hitchhike around the world with nothing more than a change of cloths and a passport. My wife is not keen on the idea.

In a previous life/s I was in telecos, computer security, physics and of course i did try and get a commercial pilots licence. But due to parking a motobike in the side of a police car at 50km/h a head injury meant no more class one medical. 

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Offline Sethir

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« Reply #23 - Posted 2015-02-16 15:11:24 »

I work for a small web agency specialized on none profit, healthcare and welfare websites. We also make one of the biggest online counselling platforms in Germany.
Offline cylab

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« Reply #24 - Posted 2015-02-16 15:45:13 »

In my free time, I work on LWJGL and (try to) raise a little girl.
Good luck! Mine is 4 and I (nearly) gave up on raising and moved on to survive Wink

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Offline jonjava
« Reply #25 - Posted 2015-02-16 15:45:36 »

As a part time Scout for a global sports information gathering company and web developer. Game development has been on the down low for quite some time now.

What about yourself kevglass?

Offline deepthought
« Reply #26 - Posted 2015-02-16 16:05:25 »

the usual college-level jobs. studying robotics.

Mad Scientist
Offline Jono
« Reply #27 - Posted 2015-02-16 16:24:35 »

I design algorithms and do data analysis for a biotech startup. It pays the bills but there's always the temptation to try and get in to enterprise stuff or finance.
Offline Gibbo3771

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« Reply #28 - Posted 2015-02-16 16:27:47 »

Not really a career but I study at college which funny enough brings me on around £450 a month

Gibbo3771: What! How do you get money from studying? I feel like this information could have come in handy for me in the past...


0% interest loan for students in Scotland Smiley.

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Offline KevinWorkman

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« Reply #29 - Posted 2015-02-16 16:33:58 »

0% interest loan for students in Scotland Smiley.

This makes my American heart weep.

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