Creative & Digital

The Austin region has become the premier destination for creative and digital media technology. Ranging from game, software, and mobile application development to music and film technology, education technology, advertising, social media, and digital content, the region boasts an extremely creative, innovative, and well-educated talent pool with an unsurpassed quality of life.

  • “Austin has become an epicenter of digital talent and creativity, and establishing our presence there will not only enable us to accelerate our growth, but it also will provide us with insight into cutting edge technology and keep us at the forefront of the industry.”
    -Fred Santarpia, Chief Digital Officer, Condé Nast

  • “It’s certainly a lot easier to relocate people to Austin than the Bay Area because of the cost of living and the fact that it’s such a great technology hub.”
    -Scott de Haas, VP of Hardware Engineering, Roku

  • “Austin is a great location for a technology company. The city is in sync with our company culture–high energy, positive, can-do, and hard working. Beyond that, the deep talent pool and ideal economic environment make it a very attractive city for us.”
    -Court Cunningham, CEO, Yodle

Both established and emerging players find success in Central Texas. Amazon has grown its digital product development operation to 900, including a studio working on Lumberyard, their software for game developers. Magic Leap, an augmented reality start-up with offices around the globe, has put an engineering center in Austin.

Austin is home to events like Austin City Limits, and SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive. SXSW has become the perfect platform for creative people to develop their careers, uncover emerging trends, and launch new products.

Over 50,000 employees throughout the Austin metro are aligned in the creative and digital media technology industry. Because of this, creativity and innovation really drives the local regional economy, and whether your company is located in the Austin area or you’re considering an expansion or relocation to Central Texas, you’ll find the key ingredients to not only succeed but also thrive in a global landscape.

Our creative culture is fed by our diversity, focus on education, aggressive pro-business stance and ample recreational opportunities. Students come to Austin for computer science programs, as well as for degrees in film, design and new media at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), Texas State University, St. Edward's University, and Austin Community College.

UT opened the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall in 2013. With high-tech collaborative laboratories and spaces, the complex marks the start of a new era for the university’s top-10 ranked Department of Computer Science. UT has also launched a new undergraduate game development degree to supply Austin’s creative media companies with top talent.

Austin's Creative & Digital Media Tech Industry

  • Software/IT
  • eCommerce & Mobile Payment Tech
  • Game & Moble App Development
  • Music & Film Technology
  • Visual Effects/CGI/Animation
  • Social Media & Digital Content
  • Hardware/Enabling Technology
  • Education Technology

Companies in Austin

  • Activision Blizzard
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Bazaarvoice
  • Certain Affinity
  • Condé Nast
  • Daybreak Game Co.
  • eBay
  • Edgenuity
  • El Rey Network
  • Electronic Arts
  • Everi
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Fjord
  • FloSports
  • Google
  • GSD&M
  • KingsIsle Entertainment
  • Magic Leap
  • Main Street Hub
  • Mood Media
  • Mutual Mobile
  • NCSoft
  • Nintendo
  • R/GA
  • RetailMeNot
  • Roku
  • Rooster Teeth
  • Spreadfast
  • Trendkite
  • Under Armour Connected Fitness
  • Wargaming
  • WP Engine
  • Yodle
  • Zynga

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