For our first attempt at ranking the top video game development cities, we looked strictly at studio count. That list is interesting, but it’s missing a crucial component – studio head count. There are cities with a large concentration of indie studios, and ranking by studio total will put them ahead of a city that actually has more available video game jobs.
To address that issue, we have put together an alternate list – sorted by “power ranking.” We will keep both lists current, because they are both interesting in different ways. In this list, studios are given a weight based on their approximate head count. Some important disclaimers:
- We uses ranges to track studio head counts (“11-50″, “201-500″, etc.). These are not as useful as exact figures, but exact figures would be nearly impossible to track. They are almost constantly in flux.
- Head count numbers are not always easy to track down – there are some good sources for this info, but there are some large gaps in our data that we are constantly looking to fill in.
- The “GJH Weight” is the number derived from our formula.
- Because of the impreciseness of our data, our formula is closer to an educated guess than actual science. Take all results with a grain of salt.
On to the list. Let us know what you think!
|GJH POWER RANK||CITY||NUMBER OF STUDIOS||GJH WEIGHT|
|#10||New York City||29||54|