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If I was a recruiter my thought would be, "Will he make off with a monitor or computer?", not "Will he steal our IP"... which would probably put the competitor in too much risk to actually be a likely scenario.
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It was the first thing to pop into my mind. Which is easier to steal? A computer, monitor, or copying the source code to a AAA game to a CD?

Anyway, my point was that the recruiter will have reservations, and justifiable ones at that.

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My opinion is that it's going to make getting your first job a bit harder, but not impossible. So you'll need to work extra hard to make sure everything else you can do to get that first games industry job is spot on (e.g. decent qualifications, demo projects, resume, internships, etc).

I think that after that, most employers aren't going to care about something that happened when you were 18 and it's unlikely to affect your career progression.

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Welcome to the gamedev community, kiet_ngu !


There are ways to get into the industry, legally and ethically, regardless of history or education. However, having a post secondary education will largely offset your felony and be a big advantage.

Some parts of the world would torture you for a long time and kill you, while other parts of the world would not even ask about your past before college. (Others between these two extremes)

My advice would be to put out feelers to specific companies while you are in school to get their application or find their requirements.

In companies which are international among their team members - quite a lot are this way - there may be little or no concern. The more fair and confident the part of the world or the company, the less likely to be an issue. Just don't apply to a game company in a country where they chop hands for stealing and you should be just fine. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.png[/img]


I wish you well in your quest. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

Clinton Edited by 3Ddreamer

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Hello Kiet, in the US, when you apply for a job, there is an area to put in any convicted crime or whatever it was. You will want to put it in there. Better be honest about it than they do a background check and find it out later.

Also, glad to hear you are going to U of U for the EAE program there. I graduated from there (not from EAE, they started that degree just right before my graduation <_<" ) Anyway, you will want to talk to the Professor who runs the thing there, Roger/Rahjur Altizer (spelling ?). He can help you with bunch of things to prepare you. Talk with him a lot xD

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