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Over 50% of Massachusetts studios mobile focused

New survey shows growth of smartphone and tablet in region

More than half the development studios currently operating in the state of Massachusetts are now working on mobile projects.

Of the 112 companies and 2,041 people working in games in the region, 51 per cent are working on mobile.

A new report from the Boston Globe brought the transition to light, thanks to a survey by the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute.

"All this disruption in the marketplace has created a ­tremendous amount of opportunity," said the institute's executive director Timothy Loew.

"Mobile has actually brought more players and more demographics into the marketplace."

The article cited the closure of non-mobile studios like ImaginEngine and Zynga's Cambridge operation, and lay-offs at Harmonix ­Music Systems Inc, and compared them to the growth of local mobile outfits The Tap Lab and Disruptor Beam Inc.

"We have all our eggs in this basket, and we think it's the right basket at the right time," said Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia.

"I hope there's an even bigger shift. It's a good time for a company like ours."

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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters4 years ago
Of the 112 companies and 2,041 people working in games in the region, 51 per cent are working on mobile.
Well, which is it? 51% of 112 companies, or 51% of 2041 employees? I'm sure not every company is the same size.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
In the Economist a couple of months ago it said that over 300,000 people are working on app development in the USA. This must dwarf the old business model game industry.
Here in Silicon Spa of the 14+ game companies at least half are developing for mobile, maybe more.
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Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd4 years ago
Hmm, $6bn / 300,000 = 20k. And that's before you include the people working on app development outside the USA. Doesn't take an economist to work out how that turns out.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
@Keldon Alleyne

Very many apps are developed for promotional purposes or as part of a bigger ecosystem, so the development staff wages do not come out of app store sales.
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Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd4 years ago
And that's supposed to dwarf the old business model? I just don't see it.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 6th November 2012 8:57am

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Bruce, app development does not mean all are games development.

At story - Good to see many of those in Boston that suffered through cutbacks have still managed to remain in the industry through different channels.
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