Kickstarter raised $89 million for games in 2014

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The results of Kickstarter may be a massive topic of debate in regards to quality and success, but that hasn’t stopped games fans flocking to the crowdfunding website to slap down cash and help get projects made. Kickstarter have revealed the levels of funding received during 2014, and the games category gathered an impressive $89 million. 

That figure is split between 1,980 projects. It’s important to note that the ‘games’ category covers board and card games too so not every cent of that figure landed in the laps of PC developers, but it’s certainly a huge percentage of it. 

The most successful game project of the year was Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a realistic RPG set in the middle ages. With 35,384 backers it raised $1.1 million; a massive increase over its modest $300,000 target.

We’re used to hearing about Kickstarter as a medium for launching games that publishers wouldn’t normally touch, but games are only the fourth most funded category on Kickstarter, falling behind Music, Film, and Publishing. Still, with 1,980 successfully funded projects, it looks like Kickstarter remains a prime arena for getting games financed. 

Is this a sign that Kickstarted games are continuing to gather momentum, or will 2015’s stats reveal a lower figure as more gamers become skeptical of crowdfunding?

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Lunatitch Avatar
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2 Years ago

I think people might be a little bit more sceptical, for every game that was successfully funded (released and/or actively supported still), 2 were abandoned or 'released' in such a broken state they might as well have been abandoned.

I kinda like the idea behind it though and we've seen a lot of good games that would have never been made otherwise :-)

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MrAptronym Avatar
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2 Years ago

I think people have kind of wised up a bit and see it as more of a speculative thing than a straight up pre-order.

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Rowan the Roman Avatar
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2 Years ago

Such as Assassins Creed Unity? ;)

I think early access itself is starting to be somewhat of a problem at this point as some people, not all indie devs, seem to be thinking that releasing buggy products isn't an issue.

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

I wonder how many of those projects actually delivered.

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Reikhardt Avatar
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2 Years ago

Replied to wrong post, sorry!

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

Pffft it's not like I care, you know? I wasn't excited or anything

Nope, not at all

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Reikhardt Avatar
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2 Years ago

I'm sorry I toyed with your emotions!

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Jezcentral Avatar
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2 Years ago

Unfortunately, due to the Indie Dev population explosion, the $89,000,000 was spread over 89,000 different projects.

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Reikhardt Avatar
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2 Years ago

"That figure is split between 1,980 projects. It’s important to note that the ‘games’ category covers board and card games too so not every cent of that figure landed in the laps of PC developers."

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