Penny Arcade Kickstarter Hopes to Eliminate Ads
In a surprising move, influential webcomic and gaming site Penny Arcade has launched Penny Arcade Sells Out, a Kickstarter project aimed at helping the site run ad-free, while also delivering more original content. Given Penny Arcade’s obvious success (it sponsors not one but two gaming expos every year, among other ventures) and the increasingly mind-numbing parade of Kickstarter projects, the venture has already elicited a backlash.
On the one hand, there are people who argue that the Penny Arcade folks already have plenty of money, that they’re diluting the purpose of crowd-funding by asking the public for more. On the other, some maintain that this is just a forward-thinking, opt-in version of a subscription model, a way to wean the site of the tyranny of pageviews. Both arguments have merit; keep your eyes peeled for a potential Game Front editorial on this topic in the near future. In the meantime, give Penny Arcade some money — or don’t. As of this writing, the site has raised $192,765 of its $250,000 goal.