SAN FRANCISCO— Jun. 28, 2007— The CMP Game Group’s Game Developer Research division has announced a major new study determining, for the first time, the number of people working within video game development and publishing in North America through the creation of the Game Developer Census 2007. The Census aims to create an accurate list of all such companies working in the business, quantifying this important market for the first time ever.
The Census report lists nearly 600 companies alphabetically by U.S. state and Canadian province, along with addresses, website information, estimates of employee numbers and details on specialties— from casual gaming, online gaming, mobile gaming and serious gaming to PC, handheld or console gaming— and is intended to be a valuable tool for contractors, service companies, and other entities wanting to reach out to the North American game market as a whole.
The key findings of the Census include the facts that there are more than 39,700 professionals developing or publishing games within the United States, with more than 8100 professionals doing so across Canada. More than 46% of all of those creating games within the United States (around 18,300 employees) are based in California, with Washington (11.63%) and Texas (7.37%) rounding out the top three states. In total, seven states (also including New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida) have more than 1,000 game professionals working in them.
Not included in the current Census estimate are game tools companies, game contracting/ services companies, PR, marketing, legal, and other external business services, and liaison or licensing divisions at larger media companies. Game Developer Research putatively puts this figure at around 15,000 across North America, though it intends to research this part of the market in detail at a later date.
“The game industry has long been asking for a census to better understand just how many people are creating games professionally in North America, and as the organization behind Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com and the Game Developers Conference, the CMP Game Group felt that it was our responsibility to use our expertise to establish an accurate view of its size,” said Simon Carless, Editor-In-Chief of Game Developer Magazine and Director of Game Developer Research.“It is our hope that the Census and the information it provides can also help build the game business by connecting contractors and service providers with developers and publishers.”
For more freely available information, including sample data, or to purchase the complete Game Developer Census 2007 report, please visit http://www.gamedevresearch.com. Purchase of the full report includes both a 150-page in-depth report with listings by U.S. state and Canadian province, and a separate Excel document featuring the full, comprehensive data set in sortable and exportable form.
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