The Great Canadian Videogame Industry: 329 Studios Pump $2.3 Billion into Nation's Economy

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada this week launched a new report on the Canadian videogame industry.

According to ESAC, there are 329 videogame companies in Canada who support a total of 16,500 full-time employees, which is up 5% from 2011. Contributing $2.3 billion to Canada's GDP, our country boasts the third-biggest videogame industry in the world.

And it should stay that way: 40% of videogame companies in Canada predict 25% or higher growth over the next two years, according to ESAC's report.

 

 

Canada's videogame companies employ relatively young workers—an average age of 31—who are solid income earnings—an average of $72,000.

Image: ESAC

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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