Quebec's Gaming Industry a Major Job Creator in 2012, Poised to Grow 10% in 2013

This year, Quebec's electronic game industry is poised for growth of up to 10%, according to a report from Montreal's TECHNOCompétences.

"Québec's electronic game industry did very well last year," the company, which surveyed a variety of Canadian companies, says. "Despite a flurry of layoffs and studio closures during the year, the industry experienced a 9% growth rate [in 2012]."

According to the report, 713 net jobs were created over the past year, for a total of 8,979 jobs across 55 companies (which is not the entire province's roster, but is the significant majority). Since 2002, the province's gaming industry has posted an average annual growth of 22%.

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TECHNOCompétences says that 87% of Quebec's gaming companies are active in game design, while 5% focus on software development, support, and other services, and 8% specialize in testing and quality assurance. 82% of the companies are located in the Montréal region.

You can read the report in full here, but note that it's available in French only.

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