Games on Kickstarter draw in half a billion dollars from backers0 Comments
Game fans have seen loads of video game-based Kickstarter projects come and go through the years, which is one of the reasons the crowdfunding website is sometimes thought of as a kind of go-to for gaming projects. As it turns out, that line of thinking is more than just a convenient association, as Kickstarter has revealed that over $500 million has been pledged toward various game-based projects since the site's inception.
That huge figure — half a billion — does encompass more than just video games. Of that number, video games themselves account for $186 million, while tabletop games count for around $265 million. The other $49 million comes from game-based projects that aren't stricty electronic or tabletop.
Simple as those categories may seem, the truth is that projects funded through Kickstarter run the gamut of creative possibilities. Shenmue III, the sequel that series fans feared would never happen, managed to rake in a record-breaking $6.3 million dollars alone. On the other hand, Tak, a simple board game based on an entirely-fictional game played in the Patrick Rothfuss novel The Wise Man's Fear, managed to draw in $1.35 million dollars over a $50 thousand baseline goal. And these are to say nothing of hit projects like Shovel Knight, Joking Hazard, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, or Exploding Kittens.
These figures are even more surprising considering that the $500 million figure was reached via 2.2 million backers helping to successfully fund almost 8,000 game-based projects. For comparison, Kickstarter has drawn in a grand total of about $2.4 billion dollars through around 107,000 total funded projects. Crunching the numbers, this means over one-fifth of all money pledged on the site has come from only 0.074% of the total number of campaigns, making game projects a hugely considerable force in the crowdfunding market.
Half a Billion Dollars Has Been Pledged to Games on Kickstarter, GameSpot