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F.A.Q. for the IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey 

Where can I find the DSS Reports?

The summary report for the Developer Satisfaction Surveys can be found under the subheadings for each annual edition of the DSS, starting in 2014


Why did the IGDA create the DSS?

In order to carry out our mission more effectively, the IGDA created and conducted the annual Developer Satisfaction Survey (DSS) to update our knowledge of the current demographic composition of the game industry, to better understand quality of life issues and to gauge developers’ overall satisfaction with their jobs and the state of the industry.


What happened to the IGDA’s Quality of Life and Diversity surveys?

The Quality of Life (QoL) Survey has been conducted every 5 years (in 2004 and 2009). For 2014, the more in-depth QoL questions were integrated into the DSS and will be included every 5 years. The former Diversity Survey questions have also been integrated into the demographic section of the DSS and will recur annually.


Who takes the survey?

The DSS is open to anyone who is involved in the video game industry in a professional or academic capacity may take part in this survey, including professors, students, contractors, independents, and so forth.


How long does it take to complete the survey?

The survey typically takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.


Why was the 2014 survey so long?

For 2014, the DSS included additional questions from the Quality of Life survey that is conducted every 5 years (2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, etc.).


When is the survey conducted?

The survey is conducted annually in March and April, typically launched at the beginning of the annual GDC event in San Francisco.

When are the survey results released?

The initial Summary Report is typically released in late Q3/early Q4 of the same year, then followed by more detailed thematic reports over the following months.


What does the IGDA do with the survey results?

The IGDA uses the results to inform us about developers’ priorities and the most critical issues affecting their overall satisfaction, and in turn use that information to help us prioritize our advocacy efforts and organization initiatives. Also, the DSS has become a key source of information for media and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other outlets, as well as even referenced in a museum exhibit.


How is the Developer Satisfaction Survey funded?

The IGDA's Developer Satisfaction Survey is made possible by a generous grant from the IGDA Foundation.

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