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Games industry grows at record speed

After last year's consolidation, the computer games sector is back on the track for growth. More than 4,350 Jobs consolidated, and 648 new ones created

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.

market sharing

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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On gamecity:Hamburg

With more than 200 members, gamecity:Hamburg is the largest German network of the booming sector in the creative industries. “Harbour of the games industry” is the heading under which the gamecity:Hamburg project has provided targeted support to the local games sector since 2003. This division of the initiative nextMedia.Hamburg was established with the intention of developing Hamburg into an attractive location for the computer games industry. The plan is working: Since the inception of gamecity:Hamburg, the number of jobs in the games-related value creation chain has increased from 800 to about 4,000. gamecity:Hamburg operates as a public-private partnership and is headed by its co-founder Stefan Klein.

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