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TrendWatch Fast Fact: More Audio Studios Working on Games

Audio recording/mixing studios top list of studios/facilities doing work for game development 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 audio production facilities have jumped into the game production arena in a big way.

Fact: 26% of U.S. audio recording/mixing studios/facilities say they do work for games as do one in five (21%) animation studios.

Why should you care?
With E3 just completed in LA, game development has been on center stage hot new hardware and software. Since our Summer 2003 survey, the number of audio recording/mixing studios doing work for games jumped up a whopping 16%! Game enthusiasts not only require hot FX, but also demand high quality surround sound as part of their gaming experience. As announced at E3 last week, with the cost of development now hitting the $15+ Million mark, watch for more animation, FX and post houses to be working on game development projects taking games to exciting new levels of realism. 

-- Excerpted from the TrendWatch Visual Effects/Dynamic Media Report Issue #4, Winter 2003-2004

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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