A year or two ago, I wouldn’t have thought something like Kickstarter would become such a big deal for the games industry and its fans, but there’s no denying that is has.
In fact, in a recent blog post from the Kickstarter team, they have declared 2012 “the year of the game on Kickstarter.” According to the post, out of the eleven projects that have brought in more than $1 million, seven are video games and one is a comic about a game. And, game related projects have raised over $50 million since January. 2012 isn’t even over yet.
Kickstarter also posted a nifty graph showing the growth rated of game funding on the site and it’s pretty crazy looking — along with a bunch of other fun graphs.
To summarize all the data: at this point, games are the biggest category on Kickstarter and have grown over 1,392% since last year when the total pledged was a little over $3.5 million.
Two things should be noted. One: Kickstarter admits that they, as a site have grown overall but the amount for games is extremely disproportionate. Two: Despite video games receiving more pledges overall, card and board games seem to have a greater rate of successfully funded projects.
Still… It looks like people are pretty happy with this new method of getting games made. Here’s hoping it remains a viable alternative for a while yet.