People giving money to Kickstarter projects love games. How much do they love them? According to Kickstarter's number crunchers, over $US50 million dollars over the last eight months have gone to games campaigns. That's more money than has gone to film, tech or music projects.
Now, it's not just digital games that are getting all that cash. Board and card games account for some of those numbers, too. But the huge successes of Ouya, Wasteland 2 and, most iconically, Double Fine Adventure have energised the crowdfunding for games to an incredibly, exponential degree. It's been a big jump according to these numbers:
In 2012, Games has gone from the eighth most-funded category in Kickstarter history to the second most-funded. Here's how much money has been pledged to games each year:
2009 - $US48,190
2010 - $US519,885
2011 - $US3,615,841
2012 - $US50,330,275
We've still yet to see the results of most of the 2012 projects reaping all this cash. And don't forget that it's not every project that gets fully funded. Some will be big successes. Others might be unfortunate failures. But, however they wind up, crowd-funding campaigns for game projects probably aren't going away anytime soon.
The Year of The Game [Kickstarter]