Games Industry Grows Four Times Faster Than The American Economy

In a new report from the Entertainment Software Association, the organization found that the games industry is growing far, far faster than the economy at large.

That growth has translated directly into some of the strongest job growth in the US. From 2009 to 2012, the number of people working in games has grown more than 30% from just over 30,000 to 42,000.


The report helps reinforce an idea that's been floating around for quite some time — that the game industry is practically immune to external economic forces. Despite all the studio closings we've seen the past several years, year-on-year growth by almost any measure you can think of isn't just strong, it's incredible.

ESA's full report is available here.

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