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Randstad US Collaborates with Gamesmith to Combine Talent with Open Roles

Randstad | April 23, 2021

As video games becoming one of the world's most common forms of entertainment, Randstad US revealed today that it is working with Gamesmith, which has strong partnerships with thousands of video game production studios worldwide, to fill open roles in the $118 billion video game industry. With Gamesmith's business experience, the alliance would harness Randstad's national recruiting infrastructure and network of tech-based talent who may not have previously pursued a career in gaming.

"The gaming industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world, and it requires a talent pool to help accelerate this growth," said Josh Vesely, Enterprise and Integrated Talent Solutions Leader at Randstad. "To build on this opportunity and close a growing skills gap, the industry must broaden its workforce pool and explore fresh, alternative recruiting practices. That will be possible due to our collaboration with Gamesmith."

The partnership approach comes at a time when the video game industry is seeing an increase in demand. At the height of the pandemic, 55% of American users turned to computer games for entertainment, helping to increase global revenue by 20% in 2020 and generate over 20,000 jobs in just one year. This expansion comes on top of a near-zero percent unemployment rate for those with gaming development and design expertise.

"The global gaming market is experiencing tremendous growth and pressure as a result of new hardware, platforms, territories, and player base. With over 2.5 billion people expecting new content, better quality, and a full immersion experience, games are the number one key leisure activity "Alex Churchill, the founder of Gamesmith.com, a discovery website for gaming professionals, said as much. "Gamesmith is excited to be collaborating with Randstad because it opens up exciting doors for our members. During Covid-19, traditional recruiting practices changed, and working with Randstad helps our group to learn from their expertise."

About Randstad

Randstad North America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Randstad N.V., a global provider of flexible work and human resources outsourcing with a €20.7 billion market capitalization. As a valued human partner in the technology-driven world of talent, they blend their employees' experience and ambition with some of the most creative HR solutions on the market today to advance the candidates' and clients' careers and business success.

Randstad's North American operations employ 5,700 people and have a mobilized population of more than 86,000 people in the United States and Canada. Randstad provides outsourcing, consultancy, and personnel relations solutions for generalist and specialist disciplines such as technology, engineering, accounting and finance, clinical and non-clinical healthcare, human resources, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, and sales and marketing, in addition to staffing and recruitment. RPO, MSP, integrated talent solutions, payrolling and independent contractor management and job transition services are some of the global concepts available to North American clients.

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