The number of jobs posted for game developers has declined 65
percent since 2014, according to an analysis by the job
search site Indeed.
The global game industry has grown to
$91 billion across multiple platforms, but the number of
jobs in the U.S. could be on the decline, at least among larger
companies. The data from Indeed does not necessarily include
jobs at tiny game companies, known as independent game studios.
Searches for game designer jobs has remained relatively
constant since 2014. However, game developer job searches have
grown over 50 percent. And searches for augmented reality and
virtual reality gaming jobs have skyrocketed, with searches up
1,500 percent. Job postings for AR/VR are up 400 percent. And
after a decline in 2014, job growth for esports has steadily
increased, up 40 percent overall.
The companies with the most jobs available, in order, are as
follows: Electronic Arts, Blizzard
Entertainment, Activision, Epic Games, 2K
Games, Zynga, Bungie, Nexon
America, Ubisoft, and Nintendo of America.
The cities with the highest percentage of video game designer
and developer jobs are listed below, followed by the average
salary for developers in those metros. These cities are also
major tech job hubs:
- S.F./Oakland/Hayward: $134,796
- Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue: $97,558
- L.A./Long Beach/Anaheim: $80,870