For decades, video games have entertained children and adults alike. Today, 64 percent of U.S. households own a device used to play video games, says the Entertainment Software Association [PDF]. Video games have evolved rapidly from the early days, offering increasingly realistic experiences that no longer resemble the pixelated screens and 8-bit games of past generations.
Today, the field of video game development is a lucrative one offering plenty of career options. According to a report by Juniper Research, the gaming industry generated $155 billion in revenue in 2020 and it is predicted to generate over $260 billion in revenue by 2025. Leading companies are fiercely competing for a share of the market, with tech giants like Apple, Netflix, Facebook, and Google entering the gaming market.
With gaming becoming such a huge force worldwide, there has never been a better time to pursue game development. Having knowledge of the best game development languages is an essential step towards getting started. This article will look at the top languages for game development, examples of languages used in games, and free resources that can help you get started with video game programming.