Hamburg has succeeded in establishing itself as a hotspot of the games industry on a level quite impressive nationwide. According to the labour market survey conducted by the industry network gamecity:Hamburg, the sector enjoyed a five per cent increase in employment to 4,524 staff that are subject to social insurance. Compared to last year, this represents an increase of 180 people subject to social insurance. Hamburg’s top five games companies, i.e. Goodgame Studios, Bigpoint, InnoGames, Daedalic, and gamigo, thus account for nearly almost half of jobs, and are still continuously looking for additional staff.
Growth at High Level
“Our last year’s forecast of around 200 additional jobs have been confirmed. The industry is growing and developing at hight level. Even though growth is not accelerating as as five years ago, it is a constant and steadfast increase,” says Stefan Klein, project manager of the 2,000-member network gamecity: Hamburg. As in previous years, not only the employment at local developers and publishers, but jobs along the entire value chain have been raising in Hamburg’s games industry.
Indie Scene on the Rise
These include, among other things, service providers and suppliers, as well as agencies or specialised law firms. “It is fascinating that even other media sectors now take the games industry as a model. Monetisation models or technological advancements, for instance in regard to `Virtual Reality ‘, are two examples that confirm the trend”, states Klein, project manager of gamecity:Hamburg and business developer.
Also encouraging is the growth of freelancers by 21 per cent. Furthermore, the growing indie scene discovering the asset of networking. Compared to the previous year, 69 freelancers ventured into self-employment in the period under revision, raising figures to 398 self-employed people and startups, a trend already apparent from the regular “Indie meetings” organised by the freelancers.
Gap between Small and Large Companies
Corresponding to the growth of freelancers is the decrease in staff at offices outside Hamburg by 81 people to a total of 320 jobs. Due to the presence of various national and international companies, the metro region always reports the greatest fluctuations. Last but not least, the gap remained large between the companies of 50-1,250 employees and only ten companies with just up to ten employees.
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