New Zealand games jobs up 46% in last 12 months

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:20 GMT

The New Zealand games industry has seen significant growth over the past year.

The New Zealand National Business Review reports the local industry grew to 359 equivalent full-time jobs at the end of September, a 46% increase year-on-year.

A further 99 jobs, split over programmers, artists and managers, are expected to be created over the next year, representing a projected growth of 27%.

The figures were produced by a New Zealand Game Developers Association survey of 21 studios, among them Sidhe, SmallWorlds, Cerebral Fix, NinjaKiwi, and Grinding Gear Games. The majority are locally owned, and 77% had self-published titles.

The surveyed studios have 59 games in the works, most of which are intended for global audiences. Over the past few years, 73% of respondents had produced iPhone games, 42% online browser-based games, 30% console games, 35% downloadable PC games and 35% Android games.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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