GameSalad Developer Survey 2021

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edited March 2021 in GameSalad Kitchen

We're hoping to make the survey an annual thing, so please help us help you and fill it out!

Some results from last year's survey.


30.8% of respondents work in the video game industry professionally.

30.8% also build games on a contract basis for other people (I wonder if it's the same group?)


72.2% use Apple Leaderboards.

61.1% use Google Play Leaderboards.

40% use network behaviors to update game data.

28% use network behaviors for multiplayer games.

16% use network behaviors to track IAPs.


88% publish to Apple

80% publish to Google

44% publish to Amazon

20% on

and 8% claim to sell game floppy disk (I'm pretty sure 100% of them were joking).


52% use ads

52% sell their games up-front

44% sell consumables

40% use ad unlocks

While most people didn't make a whole lot, a few made it over the $1000 mark, with some making over $10k during the 3 month period of the last survey.

The two most popular marketing channels were Facebook and Youtube

A little over 40% of respondents spent more than $500 on marketing.


73% of respondents submitted an answer to the question: "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

Only 4 people had the "correct" clarification response: "African or European?"

Though one did answer "more than a laden one" which is likely correct.

Though a few posted an answer found here (with one direct post of the link):


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