Gaming And Your Career: Making Money

Continuing with my weekly obsession in trying to understand what the heck is going on with gaming, I continue with  . . . more of the same.  After all there’s a chance gaming is part of your career plans, and even if it isn’t, it might whether you like it or not.

Up this week, how the hell will anyone make money in video game?

The video game industry always involved gambles, and as some pretty big stinkers and unexpected hits can tell you, some gambles can get pretty odd.  Some series seem to be able to do no wrong, unexpected hits come, guaranteed ideas fail.  Some of this seems to be despite the actual quality of the games themselves.

Of course that’s the way it is, but in the disrupted world of gaming, I’m trying to get a handle on just how people and companies are going to handle the gamble – and make money.  Here’s my theories – with a caveat.

I am trying to piece things together here from a lot of data, information, trends, experience, and gut checks.  I may be totally wrong here, so call me out and explain why, because I really want to get a handle on this.

So on to what I’ve seen. Let’s start with the big names . . .

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Shipping, Anyone?

You may have missed the news that eBay is trying a limited (as in San Francisco) same-day delivery service.  It makes sense considering Amazon is going that way anyway, but I want to mention career opportunities.

Supply, supply chains, and shipping are big.

I had relavites in supply chains and shipping.  I nearly moved into supply chain technology when the opportunity arose.  Supply Chain Project Managers do really well in the market.  Let’s face it people need to get stuff to places, and that doesn’t change in any economy.

The Shipping, moving of good, providing of transport is an area that is heavily geeky.  It’s a ballet of technology, coordination, and more, and one we’re really not aware of.

As it looks like it’s getting new attention now from big internet names, I recommend you consider it for your career.  It may not seem glamorous, but it’s profoundly high-tech and wide-reaching . . . and probably on the grow.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach for professional and potentially professional geeks, fans, and otaku. He can be reached at