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PC And Smartphones Most Attractive Platforms For Developers Says GDC Survey

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A recent Game Developers Conference survey sent to Siliconera this morning reveals that just 4% of developers polled are planning to release their next game on Wii U, with 17% planning on an Xbox One release and 20% on a PlayStation 4 release.  Over 2,600 game developers in North America participated in the survey.

 

Furthermore, just 4% of those polled are working on a Wii U game in general (not necessarily as their next project), with Xbox One and PS4 numbers not being very high themselves, coming in at 12% and 14% respectively.

 

So, where are all the other developers going? To PC, smartphones and tablets.

 

52% of developers polled intend to release their next game for PC or Mac, and 51% intend to release their next game for smartphones or tablets. Meanwhile, 53% of those polled are working on PC/Mac titles in general (not necessarily as their next project), while 52% are working on smartphone/tablet games.

 

The survey also revealed that 64% of respondents are not working with a publisher on their current project, versus 19% who are (17% said they actually work at a publisher).

 

Finally, while crowdfunding via services like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo has become commonplace, a large number of developers are still self-funding their own games. 52% of respondents said that a large part of their funding comes from their company’s existing funds, while 46% said they contribute their own personal funds toward the creation of their projects.

 

That having been said, crowdfunding is growing. 11% of respondents in this year’s survey had used crowdfunding for their current project, which is a large increase from last year’s 4%.

 

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.