Louisiana’s computer and video game industry paid workers more than $14 million in 2012, according to a study released Tuesday by the trade association for U.S. computer and video game publishers.
The findings are part of the Entertainment Software Association’s “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2014 Report.”
The report shows that Louisiana had three video game development facilities in 2012 and was the 26th-largest employer of video game industry personnel in the nation, with 226 direct and indirect industry employees.
The average compensation for a direct video game industry employee in 2012 was $87,922. Video game companies provided more than $14 million in compensation to direct and indirect Louisiana employees.
The video game industry has a strong presence in Louisiana, bringing innovative technologies and valuable economic contributions to the state — yet it has even greater potential,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Software Association.
“Our industry is one of the nation’s fastest-growing economic sectors, and we believe there is an important opportunity to expand our industry’s impact in Louisiana by creating even more high-tech, high-paying jobs for its citizens.”
Other highlights of the report show the video game industry added more than $6.2 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, and the industry grew by 9 percent between 2009 to 2012. This was four times the rate of the economy as a whole.
Total compensation for all workers directly employed in the industry was more than $4 billion in 2012.