Catalonia: driving force of the video game industry


The video games sector is one of the economic engines of the cultural sector at European level. Thanks to technological advances, the speed of connection and new audiovisual formats, the video game industry is experiencing unparalleled growth. In this context, and according to data extracted from the Catalogue of Video Game Companies in Catalonia 2022, Catalonia is positioned as one of the most important poles of attraction for this industry in southern Europe. Furthermore, and according to data from the White Paper on the Catalan Video Game Industry 2021, in 2020 Catalonia accounted for 50% of the turnover and jobs generated in Spain.

  • Turnover has risen from 319 million to 552 million euros in just five years.
  • In terms of the number of workers in the video game industry in Catalonia, the number of people working in the industry is 3,966. This figure is 17% more than the previous year.
  • With 200 video game studios, Catalonia is home to 46% of the total number of video game studios in Spain. This figure is 54% higher than that recorded in 2016. In recent years, major international studios such as Ubisoft, King, IO Interactive and Tripledot Studio have opened offices in Catalonia.

Since 2022, the video games sector has demonstrated a capacity for resilience and adaptation like few other sectors of the economy. And the forecasts for the coming years are very positive: the video game sector will continue its upward trend. According to the 2020 Spanish Video Game White Paper, the compound annual growth rate until 2024 will be 16.5%.


Professional profiles in the video games sector

Catalonia is the main pole of employment related to video games in Spain, according to data from the 2020 White Paper on the Spanish Video Game: it concentrates 46% of the workers related to the industry.

  • The increase in the number of workers has also led to a significant increase in the number of women in the Catalan video game sector, which in just one year has risen from 20% to 25%.
  • As for the different professional profiles, almost 45% of the workers carry out tasks related to art, 28% are dedicated to business management, 21% to programming and 7% to other areas of work.
  • The professional video game sector in Catalonia is young and with a bright future, as up to 91% of professionals are under 45 years old and 41% of the total number of workers are under 30 years old.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,330 students enrolled in universities in Catalonia to train in the area of video games. Currently, 70% of Spanish studio workers have a higher education degree.


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