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CrowdFunding: Reaching for the Stars, Hits $36 Million

Star Citizen’s Crowd-Funding Really is Reaching for the Stars, Hits US$36 Million in Backing. by Steve Farrelly, Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen has broken a staggering US$36 million in crowd-funding. The legendary Wing Commander creator revealed the news through a letter on the game’s official site, adding that they reached the figure over the Holiday period without any promotion, it just happened organically. “I’m happy to report that the Star Citizen Development team will be back on the job as of Monday, revitalised and with an ever-greater determination to do everything to make this the Best Damn Space Sim Ever,” Roberts wrote. “Your continued financial support…

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Star Citizen hits $25 million on CrowdFunding

Star Citizen hits $25 million on CrowdFunding

Story by Brenna Hillier, Just last weekend, Star Citizen hit $23 million and announced its latest stretch goal, so it made $2 million in just about one week. In a new Letter from the Chairman, creator Chris Roberts said October is the space sim’s “single biggest month for crowd funding yet”. By hitting $25 million, fans have ensured that Cloud Imperium Games can run a much larger alpha test than initially projected, which should result in a stronger finished game; 50,000 extra tester slots will be added to the alpha. The next stretch goal is $27 million, which will unlock a Banu Merchantman; like the…

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Crowd Funding Kickstarts the Long Dark Production Cycle

Crowd Funding Kickstarts the Long Dark Production Cycle

Digital screenshots acted as teaser to the game, and then YouTube video helped share actual game play footage among a dedicated and growing fan base.  Over the weekend, a crowd sourced fundraising project in support of The Long Dark reached its $200,000 goal, with three days left in its campaign! Created by B.C.-based video game developer Hinterland Games, The Long Dark is survival simulation video game, set in the northern wilderness in the aftermath of a global disaster. It presents a post-digital world in which technology has little or no value, while knowledge itself can be life saving. Moving from organic, woodcut-style concept drawings to more fully realized 3D animations, the…

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Square Enix announces new crowdfunding platform, Collective

Square Enix announces new crowdfunding platform, Collective

Because crowdfunding can result in big bucks, Square Enix has announced its intention to look to the common, money-laden masses with a new program called Square Enix Collective. The result of a collaboration between Square and crowdfunding site Indiegogo, the new platform will give hopeful developers the chance to get their projects off the ground with the help of the Square Enix community. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. Developers looking to acquire some cash on Collective pitch their game ideas to the community, hopefully receiving positive feedbacks and votes in return, and after a period of 28 days, Square can take the green-lit…

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Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 took Kickstarter by storm, giving him more control over his game and helping him connect to fans. The spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 will be on Kickstarter accepting donations for seven more days. With an initial goal of $900,000, the project recently passed its $2.2 million stretch goal and will be released on current-gen consoles. The project has reached about $2.45 million today. The success of Mighty No. 9‘s Kickstarter campaign has prompted Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 to reflect on both crowdfunding and the impact Mega Man has on people’s lives.…

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpasses crowdfunding goal

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpasses crowdfunding goal

Developer WayForward Technologies will get to work on another new Shantae platformer thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. WayForward’s Kickstarter project for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpassed its $400,000 goal earlier this morning. This guarantees the studio will get the money to work on development. Shantae is a side-scrolling platformer title for the Game Boy Color. It follows the adventures of the titular Shantae, who is a half-genie. This gives her magical powers, enabling her to transform into certain creatures (like a money or an elephant). Half-Genie Hero is a sequel to that game with all new mechanics and levels. That original game produced a cult…

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Star Citizen hits $19 million in crowdfunding, Salvage mechanic detailed for $21 million

Star Citizen hits $19 million in crowdfunding, Salvage mechanic detailed for $21 million

Roberts Space Industries have revealed that Star Citizen has now blitzed across the $19 million line. $19 million unlocks new space stations across the galaxy, which players must fight over to own and manage. It also unlocks monthly installments of the RSI Museum as well as a “Jane’s Fighting Ships”-style manual free to all pledgers. The crowd-funded space sim now has its sights set on $20 million, which will unlock planetary FPS combat. The stretch goal for $21 million has been detailed: a new Salvage mechanic. “Salvage isn’t an aside: it’s a career, with its own mechanic, story tie-ins and universe-shaping endgames,” says RSI. “Search…

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Crowdfunding becomes crowd-developing with Big Viking Games’ Tiny Kingdoms

Crowdfunding becomes crowd-developing with Big Viking Games’ Tiny Kingdoms

Who wants a free t-shirt or a measly “Thank You” note in the game credits for your hard-earned pledging dollars, when you could become a part of the actual development team yourself? Well that’s precisely what Big Viking Games has in mind, as the studio’s new Kickstarter campaign for their free-to-play RPG adventure game Tiny Kingdoms is truly a first of its kind: in bypassing the usual reward packages of Kickstarter projects, and instead offering backers to play a direct role in the actual production of the game! Characters, environments, items, features, and tactical game modes are just a few of the areas where Tiny…

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James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

Gamers of a certain age may remember the original James Pond, which graced a number of platforms including the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis; the sequel James Pond 2: Codename RoboCod has also been ported a lot, including a DS version in 2005. At its peak in the ’90s the series was quite a hit in pop culture, with various cameos joining the main games in boosting its appeal. Aside from all those re-releases of the sequel, the franchise has been largely quiet, barring a poorly received iOS game in 2011. That’s set to change, however, with developer Gameware now picking up the license and…

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PayPal Freezes Crowdfunding Money For Indie Adventure Game ‘Dreamfall Chapters’

PayPal Freezes Crowdfunding Money For Indie Adventure Game ‘Dreamfall Chapters’

A few days ago Ars Technica ran a really interesting story on a little crowdfunding project called Mailpile which had its crowdfunding money frozen by PayPal. “The idea of crowdfunding is relatively new, and…Paypal has to manage the risk model and also the regulatory and compliance issues in every market in which we operate,” Anuj Nayar, Paypal’s Senior Director of Global Initiatives, told Ars. “We’re working very diligently with some of these crowdfunding organizers to work out the system,” he added. “Right now, I’d love to be able to say that tomorrow we’re going to be issuing new guidelines, but it’s more complicated than that—it really is…

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Mobile gaming firm in crowdfunding floatation

Mobile gaming firm in crowdfunding floatation

Budding investors are being offered a slice of a Northern Ireland start-up which already has offices in New York and San Francisco. Over the next 40 days, GoPrezzo, which has received over £570,000 from venture capitalists and business angels, will be open to investment through the crowdfunding platform Investingzone.com. Up to 5,000 shares are being floated on the Investingzone.com crowdfunding website up to the end of September. After setting up a free account, users can log on to view the GoPrezzo pitch and buy into the business. Crowdfunders can claim 10 shares for a minimum commitment of £100. GoPrezzo’s technology allows mobile gamers to translate points into…

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Developers kickstart video game projects

Developers kickstart video game projects

In the summer of 2011, Seattle-based game developers Mark Jessup and Lane Daughtry left their respective jobs and decided to strike out on their own, forming TinkerHouse Games, a mobile game development studio which we wrote about three months after its inception. Two years and six games have passed since then, including the iOS and Android ports for “Penny Arcade Presents: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3″ and “Cthulhu Saves the World.” Now, they’ve created “Dwarven Delve,” a brand new game that they want to take to market with the help of Kickstarter. Mark Jessup, one of the company’s co-founders, said in an email that the idea…

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