According to a Trendwatch survey, 26 percent of audio recording/mixing studios/facilities in the United States say they do work for games, as do one in five animation studios. Since Trendwatch’s Summer 2003 survey, the number of audio recording/mixing studios doing work for games has jumped 16 percent. Game enthusiasts not only require hot FX, but also demand high-quality surround sound as part of their gaming experience. With the cost of game development now hitting the $15+ million mark, watch for more animation, FX and post houses to be working on game development projects. Major artists, such as Sting, are also recording tracks for first release as part of a games soundtrack. In the meantime, several major NY audio studios have shut shop as the market consolidates.