Turns out, when you put on events such as the Game Developers Conference, the Austin Game Developers Conference, GDC China, GDC Mobile, the Serious Games Summit, the Hollywood and Games Summit, the Game Career Seminars, PC Game On, the Mobile Games Seminar, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards, you develop a few contacts. Leveraging this position, the CMP Game Group conducted the first-of-its-kind Game Developer Census 2007, and this week the group announced its findings.
The goal of the census was to compile a definitive survey of the game industry in North America. It found more than 39,700 Americans and 8,100-plus Canadians are "working within video game development and publishing" at around 600 companies across the two territories. Firms that deal exclusively in middleware, PR, marketing, legal, game journalism, and other services for the industry were not included in the census.
More than 46 percent of the US gaming industry--roughly 18,300 people--earns its paycheck in California, with Washington (11.6 percent) and Texas (7.4 percent) filling out the top three. Four other states--New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida--have at least 1,000 industry-types gainfully employed in them.
Further information on the CMP Game Group's census, as well as a complete reporting of its findings, can be found on the company's Web site.