They may not be responsible for all of the success of Kickstarter, but they had the biggest economic impact out of any category. Kickstarter has released a special page dedicated to celebrating over $1 billion in pledges for Kickstarter projects. That’s a lot of money for a company that have been around the block for less than 5 years.
Gamespot has noted that the Games category has brought in the most money for both Kickstarter and its projects, topping out at $215.75 million at the time of release. However, the category’s success rate is only at 35.15 percent, which ranks them forth-worst in those terms total.
It could speak a lot to the ideals for how people view the gaming industry. It’s really difficult to put forth an idea that a lot of people like, are willing to throw money down for and be able to obtain large amounts of funds required to successfully develop and release a game. Yet, people will chase their friends, relatives and social media followers in hopes of accomplishing their video game dreams so often in a field only more successful on Kickstarter than Technology, Publishing and Fashion.
That doesn’t mean great things can’t come out of Kickstarter. Despite reasoning not to trust big-name industry members with your money after going over budget repeatedly, Double Fine’s Broken Age has been released thanks to pledges made through the crowdfunding platform. Plus, exciting titles like Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2 are expected to come out later this year, hopefully ushering CRPG’s back into the 21st century yet again.
Congrats to the team at Kickstarter for accomplishing $1 billion in pledges. Here’s to $1 billion more, which may happen sooner than later.
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