2012 Quebec Game Industry Update

The Game Industry is rapidly growing and changing. Just an hour drive north of Burlington, the industry growth in Quebec represents a great opportunity for students graduating with a degree in Game Programming from Champlain College.

The following items have been translated from a recent report on the Quebec Game Industry:

  • In 2011, there were 82 companies related to the video game industry in Quebec
  • Since 2010, there has been an increase in hiring of around 21% (close to 8000 employees total, for 55 companies who answered)
  • They expect an increase of 15% this year (2012)
  • Since 2002, employment in this sector has increased by 564%
  • 76% of the companies specialize in game production
  • 16,5% in software development (That includes Autodesk, which provides the 3D art software (3DMax, Maya) used in the majority of games, films and design industries (including aerospace)!
  • 7,5% in QA and test
  • 79% of these industries are in Montreal, 10% in Quebec City
  • 90% of employees in this industry are employed by big companies, but 55% of the industries are smaller (less than 50 employees)
  • Art and programming counts for 46% of the jobs
  • 52% of the jobs require a university degree, 28% ask for what we call a college degree (pre-University)
  • In 71% of the cases, employers request from 2 to 7 years experience in the video game industry.
  • Programming jobs are the most difficult to fill – they represent 45% of the most difficult jobs to fill.
  • Industry is changing

  • Tablets and intelligent phones, multiplication of supports
  • Aging and gender variety of the gaming population (wider number of players)
  • More changes: direct distribution, cloud, indies, user generated content, new consoles coming up soon, augmented realities, gamification

Original Article (Translated by Genevieve Lord, Director Champlain College Montreal Office)

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