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TrendWatch Fast Fact: FX Studios Work On Games

Almost one-in-four FX studios does work for games By Jim Whittington, TrendWatch Inc.

TrendWatch logoIn this weekly quick feature, TrendWatch founding partner Jim Whittington offers you interesting factoids based on market research from the broadcast and graphics industries. This week, see how games creation is keeping a quarter of FX studios busy.

Fact: 23% of U.S. visual effects and animation studios do work for games

Why should you care?
First, the games market is experiencing strong growth as evidenced by a growing number of vendors allocating more resources for game development tools. Second, faster and more powerful desktop technology has enabled game developers to create compelling, life-like, realistic film-like graphics. Third, the combination of these two forces market growth and faster, more powerful technology is driving demand for more sophisticated "magic" from companies building games. FX and animation studios are among the visual effects wizards bringing todays games to life.  Of those studios doing work on games, nearly half are small with less than four employees.

-- Excerpted from the TrendWatch Visual Effects/Dynamic Media Report - Issue #5, Summer 2004.


These market facts are based on original TrendWatch market research with executives and business owners in the TV/Broadcast and visual effects industries. You can  reach the TrendWatch Partners, Jim Whittington and Dr. Joseph Webb via e-mail at, or visit  the company's Web site at

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