Report sheds light on Florida’s video game industry

Florida’s computer and video game industry grew by 21.5 percent from 2009 to 2012 and added more than $171 million to the state economy. In the same time period, the industry nationwide increased by 9 percent and added more than $6.2 billion to the U.S. economy, according to a study released this week by the Entertainment Software Association.

The study, Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2014 Report conducted by Economists Incorporated, also found that video game facilities in Florida increased to 33 locations, in comparison to 16 in 2009.

Florida is the fifth largest employer of video game industry personnel in the nation, the study found. Average compensation for a video game industry employee in 2012 was $89,540. Between 2009 and 2012, direct and indirect employment nearly doubled. Video game companies provided $217 million in compensation to these employees in 2012.