New York City’s game development landscape continues to grow, especially in the indie sector.
Running news: according to a new Study From the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, New York “serves as an incubator” for the development of creative sports communities.
- The sports sector in New York accounts for 7,600 jobs, $762 million in total wages and $2 billion in economic output.
- The industry has “nearly tripled in size” since 2008 and is home to over 160 developers as well as educational institutions such as the NYU Game Center.
- The results of the study “underline our objectives to support current and future game developers and develop initiatives that move NYC on its way to becoming a global game development center.”
yes but: According to the study, half the developers in New York are the Indies.
- The study says independent developers tend to move to Brooklyn because it’s cheaper to have studio space; Cost is a major issue when it comes to a developer setting up shop for everything from indie to mid-size studios.
big picture: In terms of US placements, AAA has a strong presence on the West Coast of the sports industry.
- Cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco are hubs for developers such as Riot Games, Naughty Dog, Activision Blizzard, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Valve, Sucker Punch and more.
What will happen next: The study makes several suggestions for the expansion of the New York gaming scene: establishing a state tax credit program; promotion of gaming events; and supporting the city’s independent gaming communities through efforts such as marketing campaigns.
- The study states, “A production-based tax credit for hiring local talent and encouraging game development within the city would not only attract larger studios to New York City, but would also enable existing studios to live in the city.” will make.”