Veteran game designer Don Daglow wanted to make a smartphone-based baseball game called Tony La Russa's Baseball With Fans so he launched a Kickstarter appeal to raise $249,000. Unfortunately after only a week of activity, the project only managed to bring in about $2,440 of that goal from 23 backers.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Daglow decided to throw in the towel this week and suspend the Kickstarter campaign that he launched on November 19. Daglow explained why he pulled the trigger on the campaign on the Kickstarter project page:
"We knew the job was dangerous when we took it! No one on Kickstarter had ever raised more than $78,000 for a Smartphone game, and PC is the platform of choice here. We have concluded that even our experienced team is not going to raise the needed money for a Smartphone title, so we have suspended the Kickstarter campaign. We will reformulate our plans and report back on what we're up to!"
Speaking to Games Industry International this morning Daglow acknowledged that a better mix of platforms for his game was needed and that he was looking into it.
"No one has broken through with a mobile-only game on Kickstarter and it became apparent early on that we were not going to break that same low ceiling," he said.