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GDC Europe survey shows 17% of developers plan to release Linux titles

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GDC Europe ran a survey of 800 games industry professionals who attended a previous GDC event and about 17% stated they plan a game for Linux.

It's a really weird survey, as it pulls Windows/Mac together, but has Linux by itself. It would make more sense to have all three separated. They also say PC when they mean Windows, which is always annoying to see. Still, it's a pretty healthy percentage considering only a few years ago it would have probably been 0-1%.

It's also amusing to see them do the survey, have Linux as an option which beats out multiple other platforms, yet they don't mention anything about Linux in the text.

See the full article on it here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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seven 18 July 2016 at 7:04 pm UTC
grrrreaaaaat news indeed
Eike 18 July 2016 at 7:13 pm UTC
Hm. We've got 25% on Steam, probably with more old than new games. 17% would, well... not be more than that.
BlackBloodRum 18 July 2016 at 7:37 pm UTC
sevengrrrreaaaaat news indeed
Haven't seen anyone use Tony the Tiger's "great" in a while. :-). Good job man! But you miss the "it's" part.

Anyhows, 17% of devs is a fairly healthy chunk in my opinion. It could be a lot worse.
Segata Sanshiro 18 July 2016 at 7:49 pm UTC
I'd like to see it be a lot higher, obviously. But then considering it smashes the numbers for the Wii U and NX (I know they weren't the most popular consoles ever) is pretty encouraging considering Nintendo is a massive company that has been in the industry for decades and Linux gaming is still very much in its infancy.
Linas 18 July 2016 at 8:02 pm UTC
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This does not seem to be a very good survey. They not only lump Windows and Mac together, but also all the smartphones and tablets, while having microcategories such as Apple TV, Apple Watch. Where is Android TV, Android Wear? A tablet running Windows? And a VR headset is a peripheral just like a controller.

I am yet to read the full document, but it feels as if they cannot tell the difference between a platform and a form factor...
ElectricPrism 18 July 2016 at 8:02 pm UTC
This is fantastic, 17% are confirmed, no doubt the unconfirmed % may be higher.

This is how the avalanche starts.

More games leads to better drivers leads to more sales leads to better steam machines leads to more games leads to...
BlackBloodRum 18 July 2016 at 8:19 pm UTC
ElectricPrismThis is fantastic, 17% are confirmed, no doubt the unconfirmed % may be higher.

This is how the avalanche starts.

More games leads to better drivers leads to more sales leads to better steam machines leads to more games leads to...
The year of the Linux Desktop!
whitewolfguy 18 July 2016 at 8:23 pm UTC
Segata SanshiroI'd like to see it be a lot higher, obviously. But then considering it smashes the numbers for the Wii U and NX (I know they weren't the most popular consoles ever) is pretty encouraging considering Nintendo is a massive company that has been in the industry for decades and Linux gaming is still very much in its infancy.

Really looking for that reference, the not bad numbers, but what percentage of these developers who intend to launch on the day-1? This is also an important question!
Beamboom 18 July 2016 at 8:28 pm UTC
Linux is probably in its own category because the makers of the survey view it as such an oddball/exception. Bet this result was unexpected to them too!

Kinda cool to see it being more than half of the Xbone number. But without more background on where the devs came from this number could be all from fantastic to sad. If a vast majority of the 17% are in the "indie" category it's not much to cheer for.


Last edited by Beamboom at 18 July 2016 at 8:40 pm UTC
JOndra91 18 July 2016 at 8:37 pm UTC
Also note that only 61 percent of developers will release on Win/Mac.
So if we consider that these are all PC developers then 27.8 percent of PC developers are developing for Linux.
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