Survey reveals the state of the European game industry

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A new survey conducted by the organiser of GDC Europe has revealed that the majority of European developers are concentrating on releasing PC and mobile games, with far fewer studios making titles for Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles.

It also suggests that despite lacklustre sales, Vita is ‘gaining momentum’ with developers, and that the UK is ‘no longer the centre of European game development’.

UBM Tech Game Network, organiser of GDC Europe, surveyed over 300 European game industry professionals who have attended GDC, read gamasutra.com or planned to attend GDC Europe to gain a picture of game development in the region.

It found that 40 per cent of those surveyed recently released a game for PC or Mac and 39 per cent for mobile. 49 per cent of those surveyed were currently working on a PC game and 59 per cent on a mobile project, and 53 per cent planned to work on a PC game next. 66 per cent planned to make a mobile game after their current game is released.

The figures for console development were far lower. Just 13 per cent of those surveyed were working on PS4 games, with 9 per cent developing an Xbox One title. 23 per cent of developers surveyed were planning on working on a PS4 game next, compared to 14 per cent for Xbox One. Just five per cent were working on a Wii U game, with 7 per cent intending to work on a Wii U game when their current project is released.

Among the emerging markets, tablets, smartphones and PS4 were the top three choices with 61, 53 and 39 per cent of those surveyed expressing an interest in developing for the platforms. 37 per cent of respondents considered Steam Boxes the most interesting prospect, with Android home consoles (32 per cent) and Xbox One (20 per cent) considered less interesting.

Only 10 per cent of survey respondents reported being satisfied with their country’s domestic game development tax incentives, and elsewhere in the survey, it was suggested that the UK’s status as the centre of game development could be under threat – when asked to assess which country would make the best games five years from now, the survey showed that Germany topped the poll with 22 per cent, the UK followed with 19 per cent, Finland received 12 per cent, and Sweden received 11 per cent.