GDC Report Reveals Industry Trends Ahead of GDC 2014

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference today released the second annual "State of the Industry" report, which offers trend data based on game developers polled during last year's event. The data is based on the responses of 2,600 North American game industry professionals.

According to the results only four percent of those polled are working on a Wii U title, down .6 percent from the previous year's report. About half of developers polled said that they were working on either a smartphone or a tablet game and that they plan to release their games on tablets, PC or Mac. Twenty percent said that they are working on PS4 games, while 17 percent said that they are focusing on making games for Xbox One.

Developers are very keen on self-publishing in this latest report: 64 percent of respondents indicated that they are not currently working with a publisher on their current game, 19 percent reporting working "alongside a publisher," and 17 percent said that they are working for a publisher.

Despite the popularity of Kickstarter as a means to fund game projects, 52 percent of developers said their funding comes from funds they already have on hand.

Finally, nearly half of the developers said they do not plan on integrating streaming functionality into their upcoming games, despite both Xbox One and PS4 offering it as an option.

The report was released ahead of the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which will take place in March. You can learn more about that at www.gdconf.com.

Source: Polygon


 
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