Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kickstarter Worries

Kickstarter is a funding initative, that enables smaller less well known companies to gather funding for their projects. Kickstarter states:
Our Simple Formula
Kickstarter is a new form of commerce and patronage. In our world, the best way to inspire support is to offer people great rewards. Everyone loves limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences (parties, screenings, balloon rides!). Spend some time brainstorming your rewards and people will respond. No one needs another coffee mug.
Why is Kickstarter funding all-or-nothing?
On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. This way, no one is expected to develop a project with an insufficient budget, which sucks. Remember you set your own funding goal, so aim to raise the minimum amount you'll need to create your vision. Projects can always raise more than their goal, and often do.

What Kickstarter is trying to do is laudable, but there are pitfalls for gamers and developers alike. Recently I read an article outlining some of these pitfalls. No one really knows or understands how the Kickstarter experiment will go, but even as we hope for great things we need to be cognizant of the road bumps. The link to the article is below.


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