- So, as you might have guessed, outsourcing of asset creation for the game industry is starting to become a big deal - when I visited Shanghai in 2006, it was pretty startling to see the significant amount of art assets for games already being created there.

But how far has it gone, and how much will outsourcing expand in the game biz? At Game Developer Research, we're working with Chinese research specialist Niko Partners to complete a research paper about Chinese outsourcing - and we'll do our own wider survey in 2008, most likely.

We're not advocating for outsourcing one way or the other, incidentally - just documenting. And we need your help, if you work at a game developer and are involved with outsourced asset/code creation as an executive. As we explain:

"If eligible as an executive looking at/carrying out outsourcing, you are invited to take five minutes to complete the 2007 Game Development Outsourcing in China Survey. The information you provide is critical to the market research being collected on China as a resource for the outsourced development of games."

"This survey is anonymous in that none of the information presented will be associated with any individuals or companies. The data will be used in a market research study authored by Niko Partners in association with Game Developers Research to track the growth of outsourced development of games in China."

"In appreciation of your time and effort, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary Classic Pass to the 2008 Game Developers Conference (February 18-22, 2008 in San Francisco - Approximate Value = $995) when we receive your completed survey."