The number of people working in the North American video game industry remained essentially flat compared with 2008, according to Game Developer Research’s third annual census.
The number rose by barely a hair, from 44,400 to 44,804, aided by a large number of new studios opening and countering contractions at older studios. The growth was especially strong in studios specializing in social and online gaming.
Canadian studios saw the most dramatic expansion, with 30 percent year on year growth aided by local authorities and strong development hubs that have formed around Vancouver and Montreal. Another hub is developing around Toronto.
The full report, which breaks down the data in detail and includes a detailed listing and numerical breakdown of the industry in every state and provinces is available for purchase from the Game Developer Research website at www.gamedevresearch.com.