The Top 8 Video Game Studio Applicant Mistakes!

Avoid these common game studio applicant mistakes! Are you applying to work for a game studio for the first time? How do you stand out from your peers or the thousands of new grads entering the job market each year? How can you nail an interview? If you think this is a lot to think about, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a competitive world out there, and game development is a competitive industry to break into.

In this video, we’ll go over the top mistakes that we see candidates make, and share simple things that you can do to avoid them!

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