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Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018

26 January 2018

Ahead of the event, the GDC organizers have released their regular State of the Industry survey, asking almost 4,000 game developers what they're working on and how their most recent games were received. In terms of the preference of the developers, Switch placed in the third place with 36%, below PC with 59% and PS4 with 39%. In fact, the survey shows that games released on Switch tend to sell at least as well, if not better, than on other platforms.

But while interest in Switch is growing, PlayStation 4 remains the primary console on which developers are focusing their attention. 28 per cent of respondents had better results on Switch than other platforms, with an additional 23 per cent having average sales success on the device.

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Switch is proving to be incredibly popular with developers, as you'll know if you keenly track each week's eShop download update. Only 16 per cent of developers saw worse sales on Switch than elsewhere. Eleven percent of respondents told GDC that they plan to introduce loot boxes or "paid item crates" in their next games.

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Finally, other highlights of the GDC 2018 survey were virtual and augmented reality, where there was a decrease in the interest of developers over previous year and the controversial loot boxes, where 11% of developers said they will integrate that monetization model in their games. Registration is now open for the 2018 Game Developers Conference, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between March 19-23.

Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018