Kickstarter coming to Canada

Crowd-funding site expanding to allow Canadian projects later this summer.

Crowd-funding portal Kickstarter will allow Canada-based projects later this summer, the company announced today. Currently, the platform is available only to those in the United States and Europe.

Creators interested in learning more can sign up for Kickstarter's mailing list to let the company know what kind of project they are interested in launching.

Brutal Legend studio Double Fine Productions was one of the first major developers to bypass a traditional publisher relationship and seek funding directly from fans when it launched a campaign for a point-and-click adventure game through Kickstarter in early 2012.

Numerous developers big and small have since spawned projects on Kickstarter in the wake of Double Fine, including Star Citizen, Project Eternity, Godus, a Leisure Suit Larry remake, and others. In addition, technology like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the Ouya console were successfully funded through Kickstarter.

Games topped Kickstarter successes in 2012, with $83 million in total donations to 2,796 projects from 561,000 backers. The success rate for games, however, was low--at around 30 percent.

Kickstarter, of course, supports projects other than games. Some high-profile success stories include a spiritual successor to Garden State from Zach Braff and a Veronica Mars movie.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Great news. I have primary options to consider in the pipeline, but it's good to know there's another viable option to keep me motivated, just in case the others don't quite shake out.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This is good news theirs a lot of good game studios in Canada due to tax break incentives.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Alright!  Now I can finally get that Curling pc game I always wanted... /sarcasm. 

TheLightElf
TheLightElf

Kickstarter in US needs to do a kickstarter to get Kickstarter to Canada.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

The way Canadians and PM Harper criticize the US military all the time I wont be giving one single American dollar to any Canadian project. They are a socialist country so why don't they just tax the rich for their kickstarter projects?

sasami_adachi
sasami_adachi

I did not realize Kickstarter wasn't accepting projects from Canada before. I should have started my own competing service! ^_-

guard2182
guard2182

We're really sorry about this!

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I don't like people asking for money to make money, that's dishonest. Gamers should profit off of games' sales.

DrBomberJack
DrBomberJack

Here comes the documentaries about maple syrup.

baxwam
baxwam

I think Canada could use a kick starter! 

alchie11
alchie11

@Megavideogamer Technically speaking, residents of Canada like myself, are able to pledge using the normal web-site, but would have to pledge an additional amount just for the shipping. Canadian business are able to set-up a project as long as they have an American address/branch. I've personally tried to set-up a project, but the last time I tried, it was restricted to American addresses/information.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@the_big_doggg Only other people are wrong when they generalize Americans. Not you, though. You can generalize. It's okay when you do it...

By the way, I'm Canadian. Harper's a fool. Now, go pick up a dictionary and open your eyes.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

@the_big_doggg Actually Harper worships the US in the wrong way. I used to refer to him as Bush's lap dog when he was in office.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@the_big_doggg I dont even know where to begin with... you re just plain stupid! Socialist country?! Are you batshit crazy or what?! Oh and go do the apology of war somewhere else pls.

hystavito
hystavito

@the_big_doggg The world is filled with people, countries, that hate America and criticize them in numerous ways, threaten death to all Americans, etc.  Canada is one of the USA's closest allies, maybe your best friend in the world so to speak.

And yeah, I'm Canadian.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

 @the_big_doggg

Fair-weather friends is more like it. Where is Canada's army when America is fighting wars? Only real ally America has is the UK.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

@petez34

Guess it's easy to sit on the side line in world affairs and play Monday morning quarterback.

baxwam
baxwam

@canuckbiker I use local brewery and Alaskan Ambler.  And let me tell you there are more then Plenty of local breweries here.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

@thermalmotion 

Spare me the vitriolic platitudes.Your naivete socialist anti-war rhetoric only shows everyone how ignorant you are.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

....I guess that oil isn't gonna harvest itself. Wait, what's that you say? The locals are doing it themselves? FUCK them, us muricans gotta get over there purrronto!

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

America is just an international bully. Why is Canada obligated to fight in their wars?

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

@the_big_doggg @Xuix "Canadas role in Afghanistan, consisting of operations against the Taliban and other insurgents in southern Afghanistan (Kandahar Province), has resulted in the largest number of fatal casualties for any single Canadian military mission since the Korean War. A total of 157* members of the Canadian Forces have died in Afghanistan between February 2002 and October 29, 2011. Of these, 132 were due to enemy actions, including 97 due to IEDs or landmines, 22 due to RPG, small arms or mortar fire, and 13 due to suicide bomb attacks. Another six Canadian soldiers died due to friendly fire while conducting combat operations."

Four of those kills by friendly fire were an American pilot who decided to drop a bomb on training soldiers.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

@the_big_doggg @Xuix Your the loud mouth jackass that needs to STFU. You really don't have a clue what your talking about and it shows.

Xuix
Xuix

@the_big_doggg  Yeah because you know, it's not like Canadian soldiers have given their lives fighting in YOUR wars. Give some respect you moron. Also, Canada is currently run by a Conservative. Pick up a book sometime before you open your ignorant mouth.