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The video game developing industry is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing creative careers, with both revenue and employment on the rise, according to new figures.

An independent survey of New Zealand Game Developers Association studios employment in the sector grew 10 per cent and, as of March,  550 full-time professional game developers were working in New Zealand.

Michael Vermeulen, New Zealand Game Developers Association chairman, said the industry brought two of the nation’s strengths together.

“Interactive entertainment is the combination of two of New Zealand’s most successful exports — creativity and code,” Vermeulen said.

Industry revenue also grew 43 per cent on last year, earning  $143 million in the financial year ending March 31, 2018, and 93 per cent of that came from exports of digital creative entertainment software.

Revenue and employment are predicted to continue rising: 63 per cent of studios expect more than 10 per cent growth in the coming year and believe they will employ another 130 people.