The Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe today released results from its second annual European State of the Industry Survey, which reveals trends around regional development hubs, tax incentives and more. The survey is conducted annually prior to the launch of GDC Europe in August.
GDC Europe 2014 is organized by UBM Tech Game Network and runs from August 11-13 at the Congress-Centrum Ost in Cologne, Germany. It takes place in tandem with Europe's biggest video game trade and public show gamescom.
This year's survey of developers in Europe found that 58 percent said they were working on PC titles, and 60 percent expect their next game to be released on PC. Meanwhile, around 65 percent of those surveyed said that they were working on mobile titles, with 64 percent of that group planning to release their next title on mobile devices.
When it comes to home console platforms, game development seems to be most popular on PS4 right now, according to the survey results. Around 18 percent of respondents indicated they were working on PS4 titles, compared to 13 percent on Xbox One. Around 33 percent of developers polled expect their next game to be developed on PlayStation 4, versus 23 percent for Xbox One.
Crowdfunding is starting to gain some momentum in Europe, according to the survey results. Less than 10 percent of European developers use crowdfunding for their current project, but 41 percent of all respondents plan to use it for their future projects, showing that this method of funding games is becoming the norm. In North America 11 percent of GDC survey respondents said they accepted crowdfunding for their current project, up from 4 percent in 2013.
The 2014 survey also indicated that Sweden is considered the "premier current game development hub in Europe." The survey also shows that the UK and Germany are expected to overtake Sweden as the region’s top hub within the next five years.
Finally, 47 percent of respondents felt that the UK currently offers the best tax breaks for local game development, with Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands tied for a distant second, with 9.5 percent of the votes each. Despite the positive views on tax incentives, the UK is still seen as inferior to Canada in regards to tax incentive programs, with Canada seen as a model for drawing talent domestically and from abroad. Of course, some regions in Canada are cutting tax incentives due to budget deficits, so we'll see what that landscape and the opinions on it are like in a year or two…
For more information on GDC Europe and this latest survey of European developers, be sure to visit www.gdceurope.com.