Kickstarter has chimed in the New Year with a few statistics from 2014. The general atmosphere of crowd-funding through the website is that it’s far harder nowadays than in 2013 to run a successful campaign. However, that doesn’t exactly seem to be the case as long as you have realistic expectations.
In terms of successful projects, including video, card, and board games, the figure from 2013 into 2014 actually climbed from 1,481 games to 1,979. Interest in the website has actually risen with the number of successful projects still increasing!
However, both backers and indie developers have become a little bit smarter with money. 2013 was a magical year in which crowd-funding first took off in a big way, and huge sums of money were being thrown at games with little hesitation, pulling in a grand total of $105.6 million. In 2014, that figure dropped to $89.1 million, hinting at the success of far smaller games.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance was the biggest game of the year with over $1.1 million raised from 35,000 backers. Huge, but not quite the $4 million made by Mighty No. 9 and Torment Tides of Numenera.
Kickstater had a roller coaster of a year in terms of publicity, hinting as to why both parties were more careful with money. Yogventure’s Kickstarter finally fizzled out, bringing all kinds of doubt on the crowd-funding system, and the legitimacy of the whole process was thrown into question with the Potato Salad incident. Yes it was funny, but no, it should not have passed Kickstarter’s screening process.
That being said, Kickstarter also ushered in wonderful events like spreading into other countries and getting Reading Rainbow back on its feet. In terms of video games, high profile releases were finally able to make it onto shelves including Wasteland 2, The Banner Saga, Divinity: Original Sin, Broken Age Vol. 1, and our own Game of the Year contender, Shovel Knight.
Heading into 2015, what projected projects are you most looking forward to? Hyper Light Drifter and Darkest Dungeon are both very high on my most anticipated games list of 2015. Backing them up are Aegis Defenders, Hive Jump, Liege, Cosmic Star Heroine, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, LA-MULANA 2, and The Adventures of Pip. So many indie games to look forward to, and I don’t have to pay for any one of them again!
It’s going to be a busy year.