In the most recent days we've conducted a survey about the current reality of the video games market and the clients expectations in that field. We've asked over 150 people about various aspects, that small game development studios might find useful to find themselves a greater audience. Below we're posting very general results of the most important parts of the survey.
In the survey, it came out that 82,4% of video games players are male, while 17,6% are females.
This one is fully biased, as the survey had better visibility and more people taking the survey in specific countries. With that in mind, 67.3% of respoonders are from Eastern Europe, 23.9% of responders are from Western Europe, followed by 5% of North Americans, 2.5% Asians and 1.3% Africans. Other continents did not receive any responders.
'Which video game genres do you like the most?' - people were asked in the survey. According to respondents' responses, the most liked genre are Action Games (66.7%). It is closely followed by RPG (66%). Further down the ladder, we have Adventure games (49.1%), MMO games (39.6%) and Strategy games (36,5%). Above 20% also scored simulation, indie and casual games. Other game categories scored at 13.5% with MOBA being 4.4% of that. Racing games did the worst, with 12.6% respondents picking it as a favourite genre.
MOST IMPORTANT GAME CONCEPT
We've also asked people what is the most important concept in a video game. A great majority of respondents have picked Gameplay as the most important concept (84.3%). This was followed by Storyline (69.8%) and Entertainment (34.6%). Less significant were graphics (32%), audio (23%) and UI/UX (6%).
We've also asked what are the issues of many video games. Respondents stated, that both boring storyline/questlines and boring gameplay are the biggest issues (69.8% and 66.7% respectively). Poor performance and bad replayability come in third, both at 34%. Further down were mentioned lack of proper environment, ugly graphics and horredous UI, UX and audio choices.
In summary, people are pretty divided. They are mostly male under 26 years old. Action, RPG and adventure games are the most liked and interesting and Gameplay and Storyline are the most important aspects of the game. At the same time, both of those things are big issues in many games, as they come out as boring. Respondents use mainly PCs, and use especially Steam as a gaming platform. People spend differently, however many people spend above $9. Many people would also like to spend less, however still a little over a half is happy with their spendings. People tend to play below 23 hours a week. Overpricing and bad payments strategies (microtransactions, p2p, p2w) are not liked in any studios and lack of professionality comes into the picture for small video game studios, especially when releasing unfinished product.
That would be it from the general summary of the survey, thank you for reading!