Game Developer’s Average Salary Down From 2012, According to Gamasutra Survey

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LatiosXT

http://gamebeyond.com/much-game-makers-get-paid-realistically/

This website is calling BS on Gameasutra's figures... which I think actually make more sense.

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devin3627

thats because games like call of duty can pump out a game which took 2 years to make and they are not innovative at all. videogames have become nothing but graphics and innovative gameplay has only improved with games like Japanese games (dark souls) for example. even Halo 4 was innovative. videogame develop competition is killing gaming. call of duty is a cheap game that sells for $60. new when it is based on recycled prospects from its previous title.

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TheMissingPiece

These numbers seem very strange to me. I'm not sure if including indie developers for example is a good idea. Additionally, I wonder if those in buisness and management positions include CEOs of major companies, whose multi-million dollar salaries bump up the average.

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maverick knight

I was wondering the same thing. I just did a research and most average pay for any job title is less than 65,000. The only profession averaging more than 70,000 is software engineering. Game developers might as well be called software engineers. Over 80,000 is pretty awesome for working with video games.

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LatiosXT

I'm wondering why the European figure is so low...

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Spiral01

Becuase their dime is worth more than the US dollar.

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The Mac

smaller developers probobly.

Between Ubisoft, and EA, everything else is small. lol

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praetor_alpha

There's CDProject, DICE, Rare, Codemasters, Eidos, and formerly Crytek. Not quite insignificant.

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The Mac

umm....

DICE is owned by EA, and Edios is Canadian......

CDProjedject, as much as i love them, is small...

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LatiosXT

I was going to suggest post tax earnings, considering how much the EU taxes everyone. But in the US, your earnings are reported pre-taxed.

So if it is a pre-tax earning, then all that luxury the EU mandates sure doesn't seem to make up for a median salary of half.

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NavarWynn

Pretty sure it has nothing to do with taxes.

Much more likely that there is a lower demand for people there due to a lower number of development centers located in EU. Also, perhaps it's due in part to the fact that most development companies (and 'average' skewing OH & management heavy hitters) are based here.