France has 1,130 gaming companies

What is the gamedev scene like in France? The French Video Game Trade Association has posted the findings of its annual survey conducted in collaboration with IDATE DigiWorld.


Eiffel Tower, Paris

The report is only three pages long. There is no financial information in it. So it’s regrettably silent on the the revenues of France’s video games market.

The most interesting stat is the number of gaming companies in France. In total, analysts counted 1,130 teams. These include publishers, developers, distributors, as well as technological companies and service providers.

Distribution of gaming companies by region

Of this total, half are involved in development. The second largest group is represented by the firms that provide services or develop technologies for video games. A sizeable part of the French developers (19%) has been around for more than 10 years.

France’s gaming companies by type of activity

At the time of the survey, 565 game studios were working on 1,200 games. Most of them (63%) are based on a new original IP.

Number of games currently in development

The report does not say how many people are involved in development. However, the researchers predict that by the end of 2019 the number of new jobs in the industry will be from 800 to 1200 positions. Of these, from 500 to 850 will be directly related to game development.

Employment situation in the gaming industry in France

There aren’t a lot of women in the French game development. Of the total number of employees, there are only 14% of them. Notably, woment hold 15 percent of management roles.

Diversity in the French video game industry

The original paper can be found here.

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