The Gaming category has become the most popular on crowdfunding service Kickstarter and it seems that the growth was initiated by the successful funding of the new Double Fine-developed adventure game, which quickly gathered the money it needed.
So far, during 2012, video games have attracted more than 50 million dollars (39.5 million Euro), which is much more than movies or design, the number two and three positions, have managed during the same period.
Kickstarter has tracked 36 projects that have managed to get more than 500,000 dollars (395,000 Euro) in funding and 20 of them were linked to the video game space.
Also, 22 titles have managed to get more than 1 million dollars (790,000 Euro) via Kickstarter and 23 percent of all the dollars linked to the service have been connected to the video game category.
Those who back video games are also loyal Kickstarter users and tend to go back and look through new projects for more opportunities to offer help.
The impressive growth is apparently all due to the Double Fine effort to fund their new game that took place in early 2012.
The official information from Kickstarter reads: “The catalyst for the category’s growth happened in February, when a video game project called Double Fine Adventure raised $1 million in its first 24 hours. The gaming world hasn’t looked at Kickstarter the same way since.”
It adds, “Double Fine signaled to game developers that they could use Kickstarter to do something that previously seemed impossible: make the game they wanted without outside interference.”
So far, Kickstarter was successfully used to fund such varied video games as Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns, a new Broken Sword, Planetary Annihilation and Tex Murphy.
In the gaming hardware space, Kickstarter has allowed fans to back the ambitious Ouya open-world console and the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset