Personality traits in game development

Miriam Sturdee, Matthew Ivory, David Ellis, Patrick Stacey, Paul Ralph

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Existing work on personality traits in software development ex- cludes game developers as a discrete group. Whilst games are soft- ware, game development has unique considerations, so game devel- opers may exhibit different personality traits from other software professionals. We assessed responses from 123 game developers on an International Personality Item Pool Five Factor Model scale and demographic questionnaire using factor analysis. Programmers reported lower Extraversion than designers, artists and production team members; lower Openness than designers and production, and reported higher Neuroticism than production—potentially linked to burnout and crunch time. Compared to published norms of software developers, game developers reported lower Openness, Conscien- tiousness, Extraversion and Agreeableness, but higher Neuroticism. These personality differences have many practical implications: differences in Extraversion among roles may precipitate communi- cation breakdowns; differences in Openness may induce conflict between programmers and designers. Understanding the relation- ship between personality traits and roles can help recruiters steer new employees into appropriate roles, and help managers apply appropriate stress management techniques. To realise these bene- fits, individuals must be distinguished from roles: just because an individual occupies a role does not mean they possess personality traits associated with that role.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022
EventThe International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering 2022 (EASE 2022) - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 13 Jun 202215 Jun 2022


ConferenceThe International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering 2022 (EASE 2022)
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  • IPIP
  • game development
  • personality traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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