You know you are really onto something big when you ask for $10,000 to fund a card game and you get $2,850,507 in one day (and climbing fast). That's what happened when the Kickstarter campaign for the card game Exploding Kittens launched earlier in the week. It met its funding goal in minutes and it managed to rake in over $2 million from 73,000 backers. The card game is being created by former Xbox employees and popular comic strip and web site The Oatmeal.
This morning the crowdfunding campaign for a new installment in the tactical RPG series from Harebrained Schemes launched, asking for $100,000 to make Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The cyberpunk-themed RPG follow-up to the award-winning Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut has already surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, with 34 more days still to go. Naturally there will be plenty of room for stretch goals in the next 34 days.
Here's what Harebrained says about the new game on its Kickstarter page:
According to data released by crowd-funding leader Kickstarter, around $89 million was pledged for game-related projects in 2014. That massive amount of money was pledged on an estimated 1,980 games on various platforms, according to the company.
A group of former DICE and Spark Unlimited developers have been quietly toiling away for months on a new project under the banner of a new company. Both of those things have been revealed today, along with a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding. The new company is called Fugitive Games and the new game is a space game with roguelike elements called Into The Stars.
Last week the first event from The Porn Charity took place, with the goal of raising funds for a merit-based STEM scholarship. The event held by the charity organization founded by adult entertainment star Mercedes Carrera - a three hour live adult web cam show featuring Carrera and fellow adult film stars Paisley Parker, Holly Heart, Mia Austin, Selma Sins, and Nadia Styles - had a modest showing, raising $1,550 in tips. That figure was matched by event host webcams.com, bringing the total amount raised to $3,100.
With less than eight days to go That Dragon, Cancer needs a little over $12,000 to be successfully funded on Kickstarter. As of this writing the game has generated $72,513 of its $85,000 goal from 2,415 backers. Developers Ryan Green and Josh Larson turned to Kickstarter in November to fund the rest of the game's development. If successfully funded the game will released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Ultima series creator Richard Garriott and his game development studio Portalarium announced that its crowd-funded, online-focused RPG for PC Shroud of the Avatar is now available via the Steam Early Access program.
Portalarium says that the Early Access program gives players the chance to try out the game as it continues to evolve. Shroud of the Avatar has already raised more than $5 million from public crowd funding efforts on Kickstarter and via the game's official web site.
Earlier this week Frontier Developments co-founder and Elite Dangerous creator David Braben told Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who would be eligible for a refund after the company revealed in the prior week that it was nixing single-player in favor of always online multiplayer. Earlier in the week Braben told those invested in the game that if they played the alpha or beta builds they would probably not be eligible for a refund at this point.
Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM.
The crowd-funding campaign for BasedGamer has raised $11,163 of its $50,000 goal (around 22 percent) with 40 days left to go in the campaign. The campaign for this project started on November 13 and will close on December 28.
BasedGamer, a gaming reviews and "other features" aggregation site being put together by Jennie Bharaj is seeking $50,000 to become a reality. Its Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has raised $7,892 (or roughly 16 percent), of its goal as of this writing, with 45 more days to go.
Developer Day For Night Games has failed to hit its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal of $500,000 for its upcoming game, The Black Glove. The company only managed to raise $216,517 of the $550,000 goal, forcing it to consider options other than crowd-funding to get its game developed. In case you didn't know, Day For Night Games is made up of many ex-Irrational Games employees - the majority of whom worked on the Bioshock series of games.
Frontier Developments' space exploration game Elite: Dangerous finally has a release date: December 16. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in January of 2013, raising £1,578,316 (roughly $2,506,239.54 USD) - well over its goal of £1.25 million.
Richard Garriott (best known as the creator of the popular Ultima series and the MMO Ultima Online) and his studio Portalarium are taking the next step to get his online RPG Shroud of the Avatar to Steam Early Access.
An Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to create an ad blitz (some are calling it a harassment campaign, and in incredibly poor taste given the current climate on social media) for the sole purpose of pressuring Valve Software to get Half-Life 3 into the hands of its fans, has launched. While the game has long been rumored to be in development at Valve, the company has never confirmed its existence.
Mantis Digital Arts has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an educational game about bees, with plans to launch it shortly thereafter. The game, Buzz Whizz Bees, is being developed for web browsers, Android, Ouya, and iOS - and will sell for $2.99.
The game is being designed to help teachers and parents introduce children ages four to eight to the interesting world of bees by letting them play "as a varying range of different bee species, enabling them to comprehend bee behavior by gathering food, scouting for new food sources and defending the hive."
According to ICO Partners analyst Thomas Bidaux, game-related Kickstarter campaigns are set to generate half as much money in 2014 as they did in 2013. Last year video game-related campaigns generated an impressive $58 million in pledged funding. But in the first half of 2014 only $13.5 million has been pledged. Bidaux expects about $27 million will be pledged by the time 2014 is over.
In the wake of the Yogscast-backed and Kickstarter-funded game Yogventures giving up the ghost and being canceled by developer Winterkewl Games, another Yogscast -backed developer was put forward to provide gamers who backed that other project some recompense. While the company still plans to do that, it looks like it is going through some short-term problems with funding that will in turn force it to lay off half of its staff.
Cleve Blakemore, the man behind Grimoire: Heralds of the Dark Exemplar (a game that has been in development since 1997, by some accounts) is threatening to file a trademark dispute with Kickstarter if developer OmniConnection does not shut down its crowdfunding campaign for its similarly named game, Grimoire.
With a little under 60 hours to go, the Kickstarter campaign for "GX3: Everyone Games" has managed to surpass its funding goal of $80,000. As of this writing, the LGBTQ gaming event has managed to raise $82,971 from 814 backers. Formerly known as "GaymerX," GX3 will take place in the San Francisco/Bay Area in November or December of 2015.
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that its service is now available in Scandinavia and Ireland. Campaign creators who want to fund a game, movie, board game, card game, a new type of underwear -- whatever, can get started today. While users in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland can start creating projects on Kickstarter today, the bad news is that they'll have to wait until October 21 for them to be made publicly available.
The Tornado Twins, the alter egos for Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, are working on an episodic game series about the Bible called "The Game Bible Series," and have launched a Kickstarter to pay for the first three episodes.
Another day, another cautionary tale for consumers eager to plunk down their hard-earned money for early access games on Steam and for Kickstarter funding. Today Valve has pulled the action survival game The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access.
Puppy Games has launched a Patreon to fund the ongoing development of its free MMO Battledroid. While the small indie studio continues to work on it, it has come to the conclusion that the MMO needs at least another year of development time and it does not have enough money to fund that effort. So they decided to turn to Patreon instead of other crowdfunding methods like Indiegogo or Kickstarter to raise some funds.
GX3: Everyone Games has raised over $42,000 of its $80,000 goal on Kickstarter in its first three days, with 22 more days to go. GX3 is the new name for the GaymerX convention - tentatively set for sometime in November or December of 2015 in the Bay Area. The event is an all-inclusive two-day fan gathering offering a safe space for gamers of all creeds and sexual orientations and generally celebrates the culture of gaming.
Gaymer X has launched the Kickstarter for Gaymer X3, though the next event is a long ways off and will not bear the "Gaymer X" name. The name of the event has been changed to "GX3: Everyone Games," in an effort to offer a fan gathering that was more inclusive to all including those who do identify with the "gaymer" label and those who don't but want to hang out with their friends in a safe and welcoming space. While the venue has yet to be determined, co-founder of the event Matt Conn notes that it will take place in the Bay area due to popular demand.
With only 38 hours to go, the developers of Ninja Pizza Girl managed to raise the cash it was seeking from its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Australia-based Disparity Games managed to raise $35,816 AUD - a little over the $35,000 AUD it was initially seeking.