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The phrase "indie gaming" gets used an awful lot, and for good reason. According to the results from the GDC 2013 State of the Industry survey, the majority of game developers characterize themselves as independent, with 46 percent of respondents saying they work in teams of fewer than 10. Those are just a few of the findings of the conference's first-ever survey.
Smartphones and mobile devices are the platforms of preference. The poll found that 38 percent of developers released their last games there, with 55 percent of respondents reporting that their current projects are finding a home in that space. Those numbers seem to only be increasing, with 58 percent of those polled saying they're planning to release their next titles on either tablets or other mobile devices.
PC development remains a popular choice as well, with just fewer than half of developers saying that they'll be turning there for future games.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 hold close with one another, right at about 13 percent. The Wii U is still a bit of an unknown quantity at this point, and the numbers reflect that. The number of respondents to the poll planning to develop their next projects on Nintendo's latest platform is 6.4 percent, up from the current numbers, which are pegged at just shy of 5 percent.
The survey's 2,500 respondents were drawn from devs who attended GDC in 2012 or were planning on attending this year. This year's conference takes place from March 25-29 in San Francisco.
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