With all the talk about Kickstarter in the gaming community as of late, people may be wondering how much money is really going into these projects or how many projects actually reach their funding goals.
Well, while Kickstarter has been open about such statistics, they typically only released numbers when they reached certain milestones. As of now, however, they will be publishing statistics daily.
The statistics page is broken up into three main areas. The first is “Projects and Dollars” which lists not only current projects, but all the projects that have been launched — including those that have failed. It also shows the amount of money pledged, breaking it down into money that’s gone to successful and unsuccessful projects, as well as those that are still live.
The next two areas list statistics on both the successfully funded projects and those that failed. In the case of the successful projects, Kickstarter breaks the projects up into groups by how much money they managed to raise. For those that failed, the groups are divided as to what percentage of their funding goal they managed to achieve.
As of this writing 2,329 game projects have been launched on the crowd-funding site and a total of $31.69 million has been pledged. Out of those projects 709 were successful and 1,386 failed.
Overall, games have seen a 33.84% success rate of project funding.
Considering the amount of video game projects that are listed on Kickstarter at any given time — especially since the Double Fine Adventure drew everyone’s attention to it as a possible funding venue — I’m inclined to think that a success rate of 33.84% isn’t too shabby.
Nevertheless, it may be an indication that developers still need to look at other sources for funding their projects. And, it is important to note that games includes board and table-top projects as well.
Have any of you donated to games on Kickstarter? And if so, what drove your decision to pledge to some games but not to others?