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November 27, 2007 12:00 PM

Sandlot-Movaya hookup, plus game industry stats

Posted by Brier Dudley

Seattle mobile games startup Movaya found a key partner up the road in Bothell, where its working with Sandlot Games to sell mobile versions of Sandlot titles such as "Cake Mania."

The companies announced today that Sandlot's using Movaya's e-commerce technology on its Web site, where customers can now buy games that are delivered to their mobile phones.

Daniel Bernstein, Sandlot's founder, said in the announcement that he expects "it will dramatically improve sales of our mobile titles."

Also today, the Entertainment Software Association released a new survey of economic contributions made by the video game industry.

The study said the computer and video game industry in Washington state grew 14.4 percent last year and added $497.2 million to the state's economy. It ranked the state second nationally, based on the industry directly employing 2,674 people at 59 facilities.

It estimated that indirectly, the industry accounted for 9,284 jobs in the state.

I think the numbers are low, particularly the number of companies. Enterprise Seattle's recent research found at least 150 game companies in the area created 15,000 jobs.

But ESA had higher wage estimates. Its study says the average direct employee was paid $98,036 last year, above the national average of $92,300. It figured total direct compensation last year was $262,153,000.

Enterprise Seattle's report estimated the sector's average wage is $77,700.

Either way, it's a lot of quarters.

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