The Game Developers Conference's (GDC) second annual State of the Industry Survey has provided some interesting data on the direction the games industry is heading. The survey polled more than 2,600 North American game developers who attended GDC 2013, inquiring about "platform preference, crowdsourcing, team size, live streaming, localization and topics in-between." The most noteworthy results revolve around platform development and funding.
When asked "On which platform(s) do you anticipate your *next* game will be released? (Choose all that apply)", PC and smartphone/tablet development were the clear leaders, taking 52.04% and 50.63%, respectively. PlayStation 4 lead all consoles with 19.66%, narrowly beating out Xbox One's 16.95%, while the Wii U garnered only 4.42%, not even beating the PlayStation 3 (6.06%) or Xbox 360 (6.13%). Surprisingly, Nintendo's hit portable, the 3DS, only managed 1.90% compared to PlayStation Vita's 7.74%. Of course, it's important to note that only North American developers were polled and Nintendo clearly has a larger Japanese development contingent. Still, it's certainly telling.
While the industry leaning toward PC and smartphone/tablet development is probably not surprising – nor is the doom and gloom of the Wii U – the response to "Where does your funding come from? (Choose all that apply)" was quite interesting. A whopping 51.99% said they use their company's existing funds and 45.76% said they use personal funds. What may be a bit surprising is that only 10.77% said they have used crowdfunding, despite all those successful Kickstarter campaigns we've seen grab the headlines (like the current Kingdom Come: Deliverance).
It is unclear if or when the full report will be released to the public. GDC 2014 takes place in San Francisco, March 17-21.
Source: GDC Blog