Ohio's video game industry is growing

(Cleveland) - The U.S. video game industry employs more than 610 individuals in Ohio according to new data released today by the Entertainment Software Association. 

Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report states, that the U.S. video game industry is creating high-paying jobs and generating revenue of $43 million dollars a year in Ohio. 

“The 21st Century knowledge economy demands a creative and innovative workforce. The interactive entertainment industry is powered by real jobs that develop the most innovative and remarkable technology and entertainment in the world. These high-paying, creative careers build communities all across the US,” said Dan Hewitt, spokesman for ESA, the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry. 

Hewitt told Newsradio WTAM 1100, “The data we share today details a road map for economic growth in Ohio, and the power of cultivating high-paying, technical careers in interactive entertainment.”

Employment in the video game industry in Ohio grew at an annual rate of 10.9 percent. Ohio based employees in the industry earned an average compensation of $97,000 per year in 2015, while the average U.S. household income is approximately $54,000 per year.

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Ken Robinson is a multimedia journalist at iHeartMedia WTAM 1100 and is a Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame inductee. Nationally, Ken has covered stories for CNN, ABC, Fox, and the Associated Press.

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