SOURCE: External Development Summit (XDS)

External Development Summit (XDS)

May 10, 2016 09:00 ET

First Ever Industry Report on External Development Trends for the Video Game Industry Released

External Development Summit (XDS) Releases the First Ever Report on 2016 External Development Trends and Insights for the Video Game Industry

VANCOUVER, BC --(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) - External Development Summit (XDS), the only annual, international games industry event held in Canada with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization -- releases the first ever industry report on external development trends for the video games industry. The '2016 Insights on External Development for the Video Games Industry' report was created in collaboration with peers from across the industry and is the first research of its kind on external development. 

Shedding light on topics such as the 'Most Important Factors When Selecting a Service Provider' and the 'Top Reasons Developers Engage Service Providers,' while also providing statistics such as 'Country Ranking by Quantity and Size of External Engagements' -- the industry report provides valuable data that has never before been captured and shared with the general public. To produce the report, XDS conducted a survey of 40+ leading developers, collecting anonymous data on over 60 external development projects.

Speaking on the importance of external development to the video games industry, XDS Advisory Committee Chair, Chris Wren says "External development is not just a trend, it's an integral part of game development; and knowing where, how, and why external development is occurring allows game developers and publishers to not only tap into global top talent to create the highest quality games possible, but also to set their sights on emerging markets." XDS Advisory Committee Member, Astrid Huntjens of Spil Games adds to this sentiment, saying "XDS provides a valuable opportunity to share differences and commonalities in an ever-changing industry."

External Development Summit (XDS) will be releasing the industry report annually. To view 2016 Insights on External Development for the Video Games Industry Report, please visit:

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About XDS

External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event held in Canada with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization. XDS is a professionals only event and brings together a niche community of game developers and publishers, vendors, middleware providers, and trade organizations to advance the industry through collaboration, sharing of best practices, networking and the delivery of a high-calibre, educational program.

XDS Advisory Committee

The XDS Advisory Committee is made up of industry leaders who are interested in supporting cooperative advancement of external development within the games (and entertainment) industry. These professionals volunteer their time to ensure the program is excellent in content and educational value.

Summit Details

Date: September 07 - 09, 2016

Location: Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4

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