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  IGDA 2021 Developer Satisfaction Survey Early COVID Report Now Available
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]


SAN FRANCISCO — July 22, 2021 — An early report on COVID-related data from the 2021 Developer Satisfaction Survey (DSS) conducted by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has been released. The full DSS report will follow in Q4 2021.

The COVID DSS report reveals 43% of developers agreed their work-life balance had become easier in 2020 while 37% disagreed; 41% of indie respondents reported negative impact from the pandemic on their ability to acquire new and future work versus 35% of AAA respondents; women were more likely to report an impact on their project development pipeline from the pandemic than men; and other revealing statistics about working in games during COVID-19.

Facebook has partnered with the IGDA on a series of white papers to assist studios in creating better work environments. The first of this series, titled "Guide for Game Companies: How to Create and Sustain a Positive Work Culture" has already been released. A second installment on inclusive game design and development coming in Q4 2021 and two more following suit. Facebook has also joined Western University in supporting the DSS.

A Games for Good video series premiering as part of devcom and gamescom in August will feature NCSoft, Ubisoft/Future Games of London, and Nordeus. Created in collaboration with ITN Productions Industry News, the videos aim to raise awareness of and highlight how games can be a force for good in society, especially during socially charged times.

IGDA established a Chinese in Games Special Interest Group (SIG) earlier this year. Led by Jing Ran and Albert Zhang, the SIG aims to empower Chinese professionals and enthusiasts to achieve their full potential in the gaming industry. Members come from different backgrounds but share a common aspiration to provide career guidance, help achieve personal growth, and promote a more inclusive workplace environment.


Early COVID Report

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA®)

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization serving all individuals who create games. The mission of the IGDA is to support and empower game developers around the world in achieving fulfilling and sustainable careers.

As an international organization, the IGDA is a San Francisco, CA.-based 501(c)6 non-profit professional association and a global network of collaborative projects and communities of individuals from all fields of game development - including programmers and producers, designers and artists, as well as writers, business people, QA team members, localization experts, and everyone else who participates in any way in the game development process. The IGDA brings together developers at key industry conferences, and in over 150 Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), to improve their lives and their craft.

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