France’s game industry is creating 150 jobs a month, according to new statistics published by the French government.
The country is said to house 300 game companies, directly employing 5,000 people. Indirectly however, including roles such as music and localisation, the number of jobs in France’s game industry rises to 10,000.
32 per cent of game studios in France were said to have been founded in the past two years. More than a quarter of companies were formed over a decade ago.
For comparison, in March 2013 UK game industry trade body TIGA reported the number of permament and full-time equivalent creative staff working in game development stood at 9,,224. In 2012, the number of jobs indirectly supported by studios was 16,864.
The UK also houses more than 500 game studios, with many more tools, tech and services companies.
The French government said its own industry is “the second largest producer of games in the world after the USA”. The report claimed credit for games such as Assassin’s Creed, Raving Rabbids, Rayman Just Dance and Dishonored.
While Assassin’s Creed is developed by French publisher Ubisoft, development of the games are usually led by the company’s Montreal studio in Canada, the firm’s most significant operation.
The report also claimed that 77 per cent of companies generated sales of more than €1m. It added that “barely eight per cent” reach €10m or more.