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"The Game Developers Conference has surveyed almost 4,000 game developers as part of the sixth annual State of the Industry Survey, which provides a snapshot of the game industry and highlights industry trends ahead of GDC 2018 in March", the official report explains.

The survey also revealed other statistics, including the fact that 12 percent of developers say they're now creating games for the platform. And, when asked which platforms (if any) interested them most, 36 percent answered Nintendo Switch - placing below PC (59 percent) and PlayStation 4 (39 percent), but above Xbox One (28 percent).

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.

Furthermore, developers say their games sell as well (23 percent) or better (28 percent) on the Switch as other consoles - a point worth noting since the install base for the Switch is smaller than that of its competitors. And, for the first time, there is a rise - from 25% to 29% - in developers saying they don't see VR/AR as a sustainable business.

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Virtual reality, meanwhile, appears as though it may be in the initial stage of a popularity downturn.

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

That's up from 3% in 2017 and there were even more positive results noted from among developers looking to the future. And 1% specifically indicated that their next game will include "paid item crates". Last week saw a bunch of games launch for the Switch, with the indie darling Darkest Dungeon soaking up much of the attention for itself.

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