Video Game Developers Increasingly Recruited by Outside Industries, Yoh Study Shows

From Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Video game publishers, beset by the industry’s shift toward mobile, social, and casual gaming, as well as gamification, serialized games, and online distribution, are now faced with greater competition for highly skilled game developers. An analysis of job postings conducted by Yoh based on data from CareerBuilder’s Supply and Demand Portal revealed that game developers and their skill sets are more likely to be recruited by a company other than a game publisher. The findings were gathered in a new infographic, titled “Leveling Up: The Changing Pace of Game Development.”

The competition for iOS, Android, and HTML5 developers, among others, is growing increasingly contentious as games attract broader audiences and as open-source application frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails, gain wider traction. While these disciplines are crucial for creating mobile, social, and casual games, software publishers typically account for less than a quarter of the open positions for these skills. For example, software publishers issued just 10 percent of the job postings for HTML5 developers.

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