Lead game engineer

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Lead game engineer

You'll have the opportunity to create state-of-the-art concepts from scratch. Your day could involve discussing new combat sequences for a lead character or working on new dialogue for a cutscene.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Lead the creation of a game from start to finish.
  • Work across multiple departments to make sure a game is being made to a high standard.
  • Develop character, dialogue and storyline ideas.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are a variety of options for becoming a Lead Game Engineer.

Useful subjects:

  • Art
  • Computer science  

A Software Development Foundation Apprenticeship in S5/6 could be a useful starting point.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to ensure you have the right information.


Lead Game Engineers have knowledge of animation and computer scripting language such as Python.

A Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications is also potentially a good way to start your journey into the gaming industry. 

Another option to consider is doing a Graduate Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development, which would enable you to get a degree level qualification while working in the industry.