On the eve of the GDC 2024 conference, the organizers interviewed game developers about the state of the gaming industry

On the eve of the GDC 2024 conference, the organizers interviewed game developers about the state of the gaming industry

In October 2023, the organizers of The Game Developers Conference (GDC) conducted a survey of game developers about the state of the industry. A total of 3,000 people related to game development were interviewed.

According to the results of the survey, 31% of respondents used generative artificial intelligence (AI) in their work, 18% of respondents said that their colleagues at work use AI. However, 84% of survey participants are concerned about the use of AI in game development, and 12% of respondents are not concerned about this fact. GDC 2024 will be held in San Francisco from March 18 to 22, 2024

In addition, according to the survey, 33% of surveyed developers use Unreal Engine and another 33% use Unity. Another 33% of respondents use their own engines or the Godot open source game engine. At the same time, 33% of surveyed developers who use Unity considered changing the engine after Unity’s announcement of a change in pricing policy.

35% of respondents faced layoffs in their companies (either the developers themselves or their friends and acquaintances were fired). 22% of respondents working in quality control departments said they were laid off in 2023. 56% of all respondents worry that the cuts will continue in the future. 33% of all respondents answered that layoffs do not bother them.

76% of survey participants cited word of mouth and social media (such as X) as the most used marketing tools to promote their games. 97% of respondents who voiced X as a game promotion platform expressed dissatisfaction with the platform.

26% of respondents said that their companies have some kind of mandatory return to office (RTO) policy. 74% of respondents have no RTO. 40% of survey participants who develop AAA games must be in the office on a standard or hybrid schedule. At the same time, only 15% of indie developers and 28% of AA game developers have an RTO in their companies.

45% of respondents aged 18 to 24 said that they work in the field of game design, 43% – in the field of programming. An additional 10% of respondents identified themselves as students, teachers, technical artists, senior executives, and game researchers.

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