Ten Million Dollars Generated For Games By Kickstarter
Kickstarter has become THE gaming industry story of 2012. For whatever reason, the crowdsourcing service blew up near the end of 2011 as a way for gaming developers to raise money, and the results have been astounding. The Double Fine game is one thing, but we’re getting a Shadowrun restart, Wasteland 2, even (possibly) a new Leisure Suit Larry game.
Surely, you say, this means a lot of money is being raised for games via Kickstarter. And you’re right, and thanks to some numbers crunching by Rock Paper Shotgun, we know how much. Factoring the above games and some others, it seems a grand total of $10,041,358 has been raised. Granted, the vast majority of this is from about 5 games, but that’s a staggering amount of money in a relatively short period of time.
Whether this signals a change in the way games are developed isn’t yet clear. It would be sad to see companies with far bigger operational budgets trying to sidestep their own financial obligations by taking it to the fans (yet still, likely, not engaging them to the level the companies currently making the most of Kickstarter has.) Which is to say, pay attention to who you’re giving money to.