Average Salary For Game Developers In South Africa

A video game developer is a software developer specializing in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games.


Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie developers and usually make indie games.

Game Developer Salary In South Africa

The average game developer salary in South Africa is R 900 000 per year or R 462 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 510 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 6 768 000 per year.

Is game development a good career in South Africa?

Van Niekerk told MyBroadband that the potential to make a career purely out of game development in South Africa is low.“Games tend to be one of the fields that benefit best from a lot of on-the-job learning,” Van Niekerk explained.

How do I become a game developer in South Africa?

Obviously, in order to get into the field of game development, you’ll have to study programming.

Fortunately, South African universities have some great Computer Science programs. 

The University of Cape Town is the only university to offer a degree in Computer Game Development.

What qualifications do you need for a game developer?

Undertake a qualification with a focus on Game Development.

This could be a Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915), Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215), an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (10702NAT), or a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Software Development.

What subjects do you need to be a game developer?

computer games (development or design)

computer games programming.

computer science.

games technology.



software engineering.

How long does it take to become a game developer?

A bachelor’s degree in video game development, computer science, or computer programming takes about four years to complete. Some game developers may learn through shorter Bootcamp programs or teach themselves, which takes less time.