What are game development professionals struggling with? What tools are they using? What helps them innovate, iterate, and inspire?

Those are some of the questions we wanted to answer with our 2023 State of Game Development & Design Report. We asked game creators from teams of all sizes around the world to weigh in on their top challenges, favorite tools, and more. This year’s report is packed with data points about the high-level direction of the industry, and we think it will be a great resource for the strategic decisions your team is making.

Join our VCS Chief Technology Officer, Brad Hart, our Gaming and M&E Evangelist, Ryan L’Italien, and Incredibuild’s Head of Product Marketing, Duncan Huffman, for a discussion of the key findings of the report, including:

  • Top game development roadblocks affecting AAAs and indies.
  • What the most popular game dev tools have in common.
  • What technology challenges are inhibiting teams’ development velocity. 
  • What excites game creators most about the industry.

Get the 2023 Industry Report

Download your copy of the 2023 State of Game Development & Design report for 20+ pages of data and insights, straight from other game development professionals.


Ryan L'Italien

Ryan L'Italien

Gaming and M&E Evangelist, Perforce Software

Ryan is the Gaming and M&E Evangelist for the version control portfolio at Perforce. Coming into Perforce with 15 years of full stack developer experience, he is excited to solve workflow and integration DevOps challenges for companies of all sizes. Being a video game and film enthusiast, it’s a seamless fit. In Ryan’s spare time, he likes competing in Ironman triathlons, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.

Headshot of Brand Hard

Brad Hart

CTO and VP of Product Management – Digital Creation, Perforce Software

Brad is responsible for the product strategy of the Helix Core platform –  an integrated suite of tools that includes Helix ALM, Helix DAM, Helix IPLM, Helix Plan, Helix Swarm, and all related Helix Core clients and plug-ins. He also leads the Sales and Solutions Engineering team for Digital Creation. 

With over two decades of experience in leadership roles at high tech companies, Brad has become an expert in optimizing development pipelines. His specializations include software engineering process, design, and implementation. 

Duncan Huffman

Duncan Huffman

Head of Product marketing, Incredibuild

Duncan Huffman is Head of Product marketing at Incredibuild. With decades of developer and technical marketing experience, Duncan has helped companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta build great developer products and platforms. Duncan got his start developing software, and his passion for helping make developers' lives easier drives his work every day.