DEV, the Spanish Association of Video Game Production and Development Companies, has presented the Libro Blanco on Spanish development 2020 with the latest data on the Spanish video game industry. Despite the fact that 2020 has been a complicated year due to Covid-19, video games and their development have remained strong, but there are still many things to improve.
The presentation of the Libro Blanco 2020 report was held on 7 April at 11:30 a.m. and was supported by ICEX Spain Export and Investment, as well as the intervention of Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, Minister of Culture and Sport; Maria Peña Mateos, CEO of ICEX Spain Export and Investment; Valeria Castro, President of DEV; and Nadia Calviño, Second Vice-President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.
During the event, it was announced that video games will play a very important role in the Spain Audiovisual Hub of Europe Plan, which will have 1,600 million euros in investment funding and aims to increase audiovisual production in Spain.
The video game industry in Spain is talented, creative and has the necessary tools to become a leader. To achieve this, it needs means and resources that will allow it to continue to grow. The 2020 White Paper indicates that the Spanish industry is young and highly qualified.
48% of the people working in video games in Spain are under 30 years old and 46% are between 30-45 years old. 70% of all workers in the Spanish industry have higher education. One aspect in which there is still room for improvement is gender equality, as only 18.8% of the people working in the industry are women.
By Autonomous Communities, Madrid and Catalonia are the ones with the highest number of studios, with 24.4% in the case of the former and 27.3% in the latter, which is also the one with the highest turnover. Another fact to bear in mind is that most Spanish games are bought in digital format. And, although the trend in other countries is different, in Spain games continue to be developed first for the PC, followed by Android and iOS devices.
Programming, Art and Game Design are the professional profiles most in demand by studios, with 55% saying that they still have problems finding professional profiles, especially in the areas of Game Design, Art and Marketing/Distribution.
You can download the full report from the DEV website.