GDC Survey Shows More Devs Interested In Nintendo Switch, Including Loot Boxes

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Despite only 12% of developers reporting that they were making a game for the Nintendo Switch, there was still significant interest in the console. This puts it behind the PC (59%) and PlayStation (39%), but ahead of the Xbox One on 28%.

The organizers of GDC 2018 made public the results of the survey made to developers and the results reflect that interest in the new Nintendo console, Switch, increased significantly.

When Nintendo first showed off the Switch in a YouTube video at the end of 2016, gamers and developers alike were understandably cynical about its potential.

Furthermore, 23 percent of developers say that their games sell as well (23 percent) or in some cases better (28 percent) on the Switch than on other consoles.




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.
When asked about the loot boxes, a lot responded with caution: "It's only acceptable when it is vanity cosmetic items", one respondent wrote.

Interest in virtual reality remains strong overall, with 19% of survey respondents saying their games will be released on platforms using VR headsets.

GDC also found that more and more developers plan to introduce loot boxes into their titles, which is not positive news for the industry. Almost half of respondents said they intend to use a "pay to download" business model for their next game. GDC didn't ask about loot boxes in 2017, so we have no point of comparison, but it certainly felt like more than 1 in 10 games had loot boxes this past year.

PC and mobile are still the most popular platforms for gamemakers, but development is slipping in the latter: 32 percent of respondents say their game is headed to mobile, vs 35 percent in 2017. Last year, prior to the device's launch, three per cent of respondents were working on a Switch game.

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