GDC launches this year's State of the European Game Industry survey
In an effort to better understand the state of the European game industry before GDC Europe 2014
, conference organizers are once again looking to poll all European game developers
about their roles in game development and their thoughts on where the industry is headed in the year to come.
The brief survey
is live now and will remain open through June 13 in order to record vital data on the work of European developers and their opinions on contemporary issues facing the industry.
This year the survey touches on everything from tax incentives and rating systems to the platforms respondents are working on -- now and in the future -- and what markets they work in.
The previous GDC Europe State of the Industry survey
documented the opinions of over 300 European developers in advance of GDC Europe 2013 last August.
The results of that survey provided useful insight into the European game industry, suggesting that developers were concerned about anemic tax breaks that weren't competitive with those offered by other countries and believed video game ratings agencies to be increasingly irrelevant as the game industry embraces digital distribution.
This year, conference organizers will once again randomly select one survey respondent to receive a free All-Access Pass to GDC Europe 2015. The winner will be contacted via the email address entered at the end of the survey.
The results of the survey will also be published before the start of this year's conference. Organized by UBM Tech Game Network, GDC Europe, now in its sixth year in Germany, will run Monday through Wednesday, August 11-13
at the Congress-Centrum Ost in Cologne, Germany, co-located with Europe's biggest video game trade and public show gamescom
Exciting GDC Europe 2014 sessions from the developers of games like Monument Valley
and Devil May Cry
have already been announced, and early birds can register for GDC Europe 2014
by July 16 to save 200 euros on an All Access Pass.
In addition, this year marks the GDC Europe debut of the Student Pass, a more affordable alternative to the All Access Pass created specifically for qualified students interested in learning and networking at GDC Europe 2014 - as well as the return of the Indie Games Summit pass.
All GDC Europe passes
also allow visitors to attend Gamescom from Wednesday to Friday. For more information, please visit the GDC Europe website
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