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Jobs Boom In Resilient Video Game Industry Amid Pandemic

The video game industry has proven to be one of the most resilient industries amid the coronavirus pandemic. And as the battle against the deadly virus continues, both job opportunities and revenue alike boom in the sector.

Jobs Boom In The Video Game Industry Amid The Pandemic

Many industries, such as various businesses and food supply chains, have suffered immensely because of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, what with restaurants and offices being forced to temporarily close in order to make sure people stay at home.

Amid all this, however, is an industry that has seen nothing but gains ever since the start of the pandemic: the video game industry.

Contrasting the greater entertainment industry (which has been experiencing dozens of job cuts), the gaming industry experienced its biggest increase in years, brought about by the booming demand from players that are all seeking social connection and entertainment while they isolate inside their homes.

In fact, after declining on a month-on-month basis, statistics show that game console sales jumped 285 percent in Australia the same week that it announced lockdown measures. And now, jobs for people who are familiar with the industry are starting to pop up.

"For skilled people, there's jobs in video games at the moment," Trent Kusters, co-founder and director of Melbourne game production house League of Geeks, which is currently hiring, said. Per Kusters, League of Geeks is about to hire five to 10 new roles.

“Call of Duty” creator Sledgehammer is also recruiting for over 30 roles in its Melbourne office.

Per Kusters, he believes that this new demand for video games is brought about by people’s need to connect with others at the moment. And this need can’t be seen in any other game than Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” which outsold all other releases within six to seven weeks after launch.

"It's got all these lovely, gentle interactions with very altruistic gestures, which people really need right now. They need to feel a sense of completion and doing something better when everything is so uncertain," Steven Conway, Swinburne University of Technology senior lecturer in games, said.

Video game Video games combine all forms of media, from music, to visual arts, and of course, programming. Anton Porsche/Pixabay

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