Washington – The computer and video game industry added
nearly $5 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009, according to a study from the
Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade group of U.S. game developers
and publishers. The industry’s real annual growth rate from 2005-2009 exceeded
10%, more than seven times the U.S. economy’s growth rate.
The report found the
industry directly and indirectly employs more than 120,000 people in the U.S.
California remains the largest game industry employer, with 52,996 staffers,
and companies that collectively contributed $2.6 billion in direct and indirect
compensation to the state in 2009.
Texas ranked second, with 13,613 game
industry employees, while Washington state counted 11,225; the report also
found Virginia’s game industry expanded by 7&% from 2005 to 2009.
a challenging economic environment, the entertainment software industry
continues to grow and create new jobs at a rapid pace," said Michael D.
Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA.