You can argue till you're blue in the teeth about Kickstarter and whether or not it's a good thing, but here's a cold hard fact: Kickstarter has now funded 10,000 games.
Goddamn. That is a big number.
From a blog post announcing the milestone:
How did this happen? Well, it's all about people: 2.46 million of them have backed a Games project, pledging a total of $613 million. And 1.45 million of those supporters have backed more than one. Those are the backers we talk about when we talk about our Games community: the ones who return to Kickstarter again and again to discover and support new ideas.
It's hardly been perfect, and it's often an outlet for nostalgia-fests over genuinely inventive new ideas, but it's hard to argue with the facts. $613 million raised for game projects is pretty spectacular and games like Hyper Light Drifter and Night in the Woods might not have been made with Kickstarter. So that's a positive!
Also among the 10,000: board games, card games... even crossword puzzles. Noted by Kickstarter: the very first gaming project funded by Kickstarter was a project that inter-connected different crossword puzzles and was sent to backers as a PDF. That was back in April 2009.
2009. Eight years ago. Hard to believe Kickstarter has been around that long already.
Edit: This story has been updated to reflect that the 10,000 games funded by Kickstarter included multiple different types of games (including card games and board games) not just video games, as was initially stated in the article.