Game developers still code for PC above all – report
MANILA, Philippines – Game developers are focusing more on developing for the PC compared to gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to a recent State of the Industry Survey by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) released Thursday, January 15.
In a GDC poll of more than 2,000 North American developers, 26% said they are developing games for the PS4 and 22% for the Xbox One – up from 14% and 12% last year, respectively. However, 56% say they are developing games for the PC.
Despite the console gaming market's growth from last year's poll, it would seem game developers still have PC gamers' in mind in terms of the games they make.
Interest in making games for mobile devices dipped slightly. The survey notes that while 53% of those polled think their next game come out on the PC, 48% expect to release their games on smartphones or tablets.
Digital Sales and Microtransactions also showed growth in the industry compared to retail. To prove where developers do their best business, this year's survey included where the respondents get most of their profits.
The GDC survey notes 29% said most of their profits come from direct sales to consumers or digital sales, while 21% named microtransactions or in-game purchases through specialized menus of the game. Only 13% of the respondents saw profits on retail and 19% did not see profits or did not know where the majority of their profit came from.
One surprising result of the poll is the impact of eSports – or competitive, multiplayer gaming – on game developers' decisions today. Some 12% of developers surveyed said they were working on a game they considered as an eSport, while 79% of all the respondents perceived e-sports to be a long-term, sustainable business.
"Twitch is making broadcasting competitions very accessible, and high-profile events like Evo (the Evolution Champion Series eSports event) are getting more and more attention," one developer wrote.
More information on the survey's results are available here. – Rappler.com
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