In summer, the industry network gamecity: Hamburg conducted its annual labour market survey. The result is pleasing: with a total of 4,350 jobs, Hamburg’s games returned to 2012’s employement level after last year’s slight decline. Along the entire value chain, a total of 648 jobs were created by 151 locally based developer and service providers. In regard to permanent placement, numbers increased by 500 jobs, and thus by +16 per cent.
Excellent employment perspectives
“Last year’s slight decline is more than offset by this year’s dynamics growth. The industry is stable and growing. Due to hight demand, we even expect another leap in employment at the beginning of next year, with further 200 jobs created at least”, says Stefan Klein, project manager of gamecity: Hamburg.
Around the globe, Hamburg’s games industry is known for the successful development and publishing of browser games. On the one hand, the industry’s five largest studios with than 100 employees each have 2,350 people working for them. On the other hand, there are 106 smaller developers and startups with less than ten employees, plus 40 medium size companies – including developers, service providers and agencies. The number of development studios and publishers (79) and digital service providers (24) remained at the previous year’s level. While some companies have merged or have been taken over, regional studios and startups, particularly by graduates of Hamburg’s industry courses, have been set up.
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