Second Annual GDC State of the Industry Research Reveals Game Developers’ Target Platforms for Future Projects

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Game Developers Conference® (GDC) has polled more than 2,600 North American game developers who attended GDC 2013 to compose the second annual State of the Industry Survey, which provides a snapshot of the games industry and illustrates industry trends before the start of GDC 2014 in March. Notable trends shown in the poll results include a preference for the PlayStation 4 platform for console developers, the prevalence of self-funded projects, the changing reliance and relationship with publishers, and myriad other trends that offer a glimpse into the future landscape of the games industry.

The full report polled attendees on topics relating to platform preference, crowdsourcing, team size, live streaming, localization and topics in-between. The 2014 State of the Industry Survey is the second in an ongoing series of yearly reports that offer insight into the shape of the industry as a prelude to GDC 2014 in San Francisco. Organized by the UBM Tech Game Network, GDC 2014 will take place March 17-21 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

PlayStation 4 Leads Among New Consoles, as Developers Flock to PC and Mobile

With the new generation of game consoles still in their infancy, 20% of developers surveyed said they intend to release their next game on Sony’s PlayStation 4. That edges out Xbox One’s 17% and greatly outpaces Wii U’s 4%. Fourteen percent of developers said they are currently developing games for PlayStation 4, versus 12 percent for Xbox One and 4 percent for Wii U.

While PS4 has a narrow lead in the console space when it comes to developer intent, it’s still lower-barrier PC and smartphone/tablet development that attracts most developers surveyed. Fifty-one percent plan to make their next game for smartphone/tablet, while 52% anticipate releasing their next game on PC/Mac.

Meanwhile, 53% of respondents are currently working on PC or Mac titles and 52% of developers are creating titles for tablet/smartphones.

Developers Are Choosing to Self-Publish Their Games

Developers polled expressed an overwhelming preference toward self-publishing their projects, with 64% of respondents not working with a publisher on their current project, versus 19% who are (17% said they work at a publisher). That self-publishing vs. publishing split is virtually the same as last year, and reflects digital distribution trends on PC and mobile platforms.

More Game Developers Are Self-Funding Than Last Year

Big crowdfunding projects make the headlines, but self-funding is still the most popular among developers polled.  Fifty-two percent said that at least part of their funding comes from their company’s existing funds, and 46% of respondents said they contribute their own personal funds toward the creation of their projects. That’s up from 2013’s survey, when 37% of respondents reported that they dipped into their company’s warchest to fund development, while 35% of respondents offered their own money to fund their projects.

Only 11% of respondents to this year’s survey had used crowdfunding as a monetary resource for their current projects, though that number grew from last year’s 4%.

For more information about the 2014 Game Developers Conference or to register online, visit www.gdconf.com.

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