Game Developers Conference Survey Contains Positive Findings For Nintendo Switch

26 January, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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For the past six years, the Games Developer Conference (GDC) conducts a survey to understand the state of the video game development industry. Some of the results from the survey aren't too surprising-console and PC development are up while mobile and VR are down-but a clear victor for game developers going into the 2018 appears to be the Nintendo Switch. In terms of the preference of the developers, Switch placed in the third place with 36%, below PC with 59% and PS4 with 39%. 16 percent shared that their games have sold less on Switch than other consoles.

For those that have already released games on the portable home console, when asked how they had sold 28 percent of respondents have said that their games have sold better than average on Switch, whereas 23 percent stated that their sales on Switch have been average.

In 2016 and 2017, just 25 per cent of those surveyed said that they did (not) see VR as a sustainable business, but this year that number rose slightly to 29 per cent.
In 2017, 24 of respondents said they were working on a VR game, while only 19 percent are working on one in 2018. Asked for elaboration, those developers responded with caution, with many saying loot boxes should award only cosmetic items, that those items are accessible without paying, and that the reward system be balanced for gameplay first.

It's worth noting that the report's results are a little more bullish for VR's sister in immersive technology, augmented reality.


Confidence in VR is down, but the Vive is still the most popular VR headset.

GDC also reported that 36% of game developers are now focusing more on the Switch than the Xbox models. Last year, prior to the device's launch, three per cent of respondents were working on a Switch game.

11% of those developers are working on a game featuring some kind of loot box system, or "paid item crates" as indicated on the survey. Almost half of respondents said they intend to use a "pay to download" business model for their next game.

Organised by the UBM Game Network, GDC 2018 will take place this year March 19th through the 23rd at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

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