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Critical Success Factors to Improve the Game Development Process from a Developer's Perspective

Saiqa Aleem1, Luiz Fernando Capretz2, Senior Member, IEEE, Member, ACM, and Faheem Ahmed3, Senior Member, IEEE   

  1. 1 College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, 144534, United Arab Emirates;
    2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University, Ontario, N6A 5B9, Canada;
    3 Department of Computing Science, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC V2C OC8, Canada
  • Received:2016-03-23 Revised:2016-08-11 Online:2016-09-05 Published:2016-09-05
  • About author:Saiqa Aleem received her M.S. degree in computer science from University of Central Punjab, Pakistan, in 2004, M.S. degree in information technology from UAEU, United Arab Emirates University, in 2013, and Ph.D. degree in software engineering from University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2016. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Zayed University. She had many years of academic and industrial experience, holding various technical positions. She is Microsoft, CompTIA, and CISCO certified professional with MCSE, MCDBA, A+ and CCNA certifications.

The growth of the software game development industry is enormous and is gaining importance day by day. This growth imposes severe pressure and a number of issues and challenges on the game development community. Game development is a complex process, and one important game development choice is to consider the developer's perspective to produce good-quality software games by improving the game development process. The objective of this study is to provide a better understanding of the developer's dimension as a factor in software game success. It focuses mainly on an empirical investigation of the effect of key developer's factors on the software game development process and eventually on the quality of the resulting game. A quantitative survey was developed and conducted to identify key developer's factors for an enhanced game development process. For this study, the developed survey was used to test the research model and hypotheses. The results provide evidence that game development organizations must deal with multiple key factors to remain competitive and to handle high pressure in the software game industry. The main contribution of this paper is to investigate empirically the influence of key developer's factors on the game development process.

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