53% of Game Devs Fear AI Copyright Theft, Not Job Loss


  • Most game developers are unfazed by AI, with job security less of a concern than potential copyright infringement and uninspired games.
  • Despite these anxieties, AI use is rising in the industry, with some studios mandating its use and others opting for regulated integration.
  • The focus seems to be on AI as a tool to enhance game quality and streamline development, potentially revolutionising the gaming experience.

Despite the incessant headlines of AI threats, most game developers appear rather unfazed by the rise of the technology in the gaming industry. 

Most Game Developers Are Unfazed About AI

New survey findings by W4 Games showed that 44% of developers are concerned about the rise of AI in game development. However, the majority (55%) said they are not worried. 

Interestingly, the possibility of being laid off for AI wasn’t the topmost concern of the 44% of respondents. About 53% of them said they were more worried about the use of AI to infringe copyright, while only 38% feared being dismissed from their jobs. 

When asked particularly about job security, 29% of the developers said they weren’t worried at all. Another 38% said they aren’t worried but want to diversify their job experience, while 31% explicitly agreed that AI could result in more layoffs in the gaming industry. 

Other concerns the developers had stemmed from AI’s potential to result in low-quality or derivative games (38%), vulnerabilities and exploits (36%), and stifling of creativity and innovation (33%), per the report.

More Gaming Companies Are Open to Using AI 

The survey report further provided insight into the level of AI penetration in the gaming industry. It showed that more gaming companies are increasingly embracing the technology in their workspace with variations on usage and regulation. 

Up to 40% of the respondents noted that the use of AI is mandatory in their workplace. Another 40% said they are allowed to use AI only in some areas but under regulation. About 14% of the developers said the use of AI is optional in many areas, with few restrictions. Only 6% said they are not allowed to use AI in their workspace.

It’s worth noting that the gaming industry is one sector that could benefit the most from the use of AI technology. However, this would unavoidably cause some roles to be displaced. 

Earlier this month, the CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson, admitted that AI has made its games better and that they are considering ways to boost their efficiency by an additional 30% in the next three years using AI technology. 

Wilson admitted that the technology has a high feasibility to impact 60% of all their development processes, meaning those tasks could be performed by AI.

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