The 2018 Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of industry professionals, is set to take place in San Francisco in just two months. Ahead of the event, the GDC organizers have released their regular State of the Industry survey, asking nearly 4,000 game developers what they’re working on and how their most recent games were received.
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11% of those developers are working on a game featuring some kind of loot box system, or “paid item crates” as indicated on the survey. Asked for elaboration, those developers responded with caution, with many saying loot boxes should award only cosmetic items, that those items are accessible without paying, and that the reward system be balanced for gameplay first.