Top North American Cities for Game Development – Part 2

Paul Teall —  April 18, 2009 — Leave a comment

A while back, I did a post that attempted to paint a rough picture of which cities had the most game development going on.  The idea behind the list was that knowing where the studios are at = knowing where the jobs are at.  It’s been several months since I put that together, so I figured I’d do a follow-up post to see how much (if at all) things had changed.  Studios open and close (and occasionally relocate) all the time, so I think it’s worth examining again.

As a reminder, this isn’t a scientific research project meant to stand up to any intense critical analysis – I’m simply checking out the number of companies in each city on www.gamedevmap.com.  Last time, I just clicked on each city and looked at the total number of entries.  Each city seems to have several dead links or are missing a studio, so I’m doing a little internet digging of my own to figure out the city company count.  It’s tough to be totally accurate, but I’m trying to get a little closer.  Remember – each city includes surrounding suburbs.  I’ve also decided to do the top 22 cities (thanks to a tie for 20th) this time, just because I feel like it.  ;)

Here’s the list:

20.  Pittsburgh – 6
20.  Orlando – 6
20.  Eugene – 6
19.  Phoenix – 7
18.  Denver – 8
17.  Minneapolis – 9
16.  Salt Lake City – 11
15.  Raleigh – 12
14.  Atlanta – 14
11.  Dallas – 17
11. Washington DC – 17
11.  Montreal – 17
10.  San Diego – 18
9.  Toronto – 24
8.  Chicago – 25
7.  New York City – 30
6.  Boston – 37
5.  Austin – 40
4.  Vancouver 45
3.  Seattle – 58
2.  San Francisco – 97
1.  Los Angeles – 99