Gaming's own Kickstarter
[Disclosure: I'm a volunteer on their advisory panel, along with some other familiar faces you may know.]
The floodgates have opened at GameLaunched.com, a new crowdfunding company focused on the games industry with international appeal. You're probably already familiar with sites like GoFundMe, IndieGogo, and Kickstarter, so I needn't explain the concept further. Their niche focus is commendable. Unlike the other guys, Veronica Mars can't just waltz in and push brilliant indie gaming projects out of the spotlight unless she's ready to help sell the gaming industry a proper female lead. Thus, niche is good. That said, they've a hell of a competitor to catch up to.
Their FAQ digs directly into the skeptical and tougher concerns. For example, they've chosen an "all or nothing" funding strategy to hold developers to a higher standard, and developers keep 94% of the net funds after Paypal's fees (~3%). You also can't campaign your funding on more than one site, as per their submission guidelines. They're also unique by rewarding backers with an XP system that gives returning investors persistent status and occasional swag.
So what's up for the bidding? Check out the trailer for Huntsman: The Orphanage and the full GameLaunched.com press release below, and a contest to win the game right meow.
Huntsman: The Orphanage looks pretty damn good already
As stated in my disclosure, I'm a voluntary adviser to the company. I don't receive any financial compensation; I'm just here to help promising games get some exposure by passing the best stuff I see to our editorial team for consideration, and its up them on what they cover or not.
So far, I've given thumbs up to Huntsman: The Orphanage, a non-violent horror game (frequently compared to Slenderman) which was recently Greenlit on Stream. Behind the scenes I've also sent 9,999 thumbs down to disorganized projects like the Oton, which in its current state sounds like the wet dream of a first-year computer science student.
Why the world needs this as an underpowered console instead of a distributed software platform baffles me. Not really excited about the ostrich game either, but that came before me.
My interest is to give early-stage indie developers sound advice before they're beaten to death by the gaming press in public. Naturally, its also beneficial to me as a publisher of a gaming site to learn about upcoming games before most of humanity. In turn, I'm proud to give publicity to promising indie developers on Destructoid, as we have done in the past with other crowd-funded projects. You may also recognize some of these faces. We've all volunteered to see great games get support and to lend our common sense.
I'll buy a GameLaunched hoodie or game for the most up-voted comment
GameLaunched will not succeed without the approval of the gaming industry at large. Please share the story with a friend, and give us feedback in the comments below and I'll pass them on to the team.
Oh yeah, and the perks start right now: I'll buy you anything from The Marketplace (or) donate $50 in your name towards Huntsman (gets you a copy of the game) if you win the most popular comment in this thread. Good luck!
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