Kickstarter goes live in Canada

Canadian creators can begin submission process today before official launch September 9; no "Kickstarter fatigue," as game pledges up year-over-year.

Kickstarter today began allowing Canadian crowdfunding campaigns, the company announced this afternoon. Canadian Kickstarter projects will officially go live September 9, though creators can starting building their projects and submit them to the company beginning today.

Kickstarter originally announced its intention to allow Canadian projects in June.

All Canada-based projects will be listed in Canadian dollars. Those peldging from outside of the country will see approximate conversion rates to their local currency.

The same 5 percent fee Kickstarter collects for successfully funded United Staters and European projects will be in place for Canadian campaigns.

To support the launch of Kickstarter in Canada, the company is hosting workshops in Toronto and Montreal this month. For more, check out the Canada-specific Kickstarter FAQ.

Stoney Creek, Ontario-based Precursor Games--developer of upcoming Wii U and PC game Shadow of the Eternals--launched its Kickstarter campaign last month. It is not clear if a special exception was made in the developer's case. A Kickstarter representative was not immediately available to comment.

Separately, Kickstarter community head Cindy Au told Gamasutra that claims of "Kickstarter fatigue" for game-related projects are false.

"Actually, the numbers are going up. In 2012, we saw $84.5 million pledged to game projects. As of August 1st, 2013, $64.7 million have already been pledged to game projects," Au said. "Of the Kickstarter users who have backed a game project, 39 percent have gone on to back another game. It's a very healthy category with a great community of backers."

Games topped Kickstarter successes in 2012, but the success rate for games, however, was low--at around 30 percent.

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.

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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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39 comments
DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Ok this awesome news.  I will be passing it along to the more creative people I know.

I AM CANADIAN !

obsequies
obsequies

per capita canada is only next to japan or sweden....? (wherever minecraft and Battlefield are from) in terms of game devs/studios. Although the information is purely from my ass I think it's true.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"Those peldging from outside of the country..." There's nothing like a good peldge, I tell you! :P

brxricano
brxricano

Now all we need is good......Canadian....games..........??

(runs away chuckling....or should i say canuckling???) 

ROFL

aboki808
aboki808

maybe they can start a final fantasy 7 canadian edition web series :3


chieflion
chieflion

O Awesome something else everyone else have that we dont have but now have! I want american netflix! Digimon is not enough!

hystavito
hystavito

Oh great, Canada, bring it to friggin' Afghanistan already!

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Canada is awesome. In the summer, east of Manitoba. 

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Good to see it spread to more countries, I've seen a lot of great things come out of it.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

"Those peldging from outside of the country will see approximate conversion rates to their local currency."

Peldging? That sounds disgusting.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

Last time Canada was mentioned in an article on this website it turn into a ''debate'' about communism and the legitimacy of armed intervention. Lets see what we can come up with this time ;)

Vee595
Vee595

It's about time!!

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Great news. Now we need more positive news after the unimpressive showing of both LSL remake and, much more importantly, OUYA.

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

Yay!  But does that mean we'll have to read French?

nurnberg
nurnberg

Cool!  Now Canadian scam artists can also take money from idiots.

demon-returns
demon-returns

so does this mean that we might start getting sequels to games that didn't sell well initially but fans loved it?

What about games like a modern HD remake of something like streets of rage?

I'd also like to see something like Shenmue 3 go on kickstarter if it'll help get it off the ground and running.

The possibilities are endless and my mind is going wild and out of control!!!!!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I wish I had that Mug Cup in my House so I can add to my collection of Mug Cups.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

geez gamespot since when indie games worth an article?

xMat7x
xMat7x

@obsequies Canada is behind United States and Japan when it comes to development. If maybe Canada had as much people as U.S and Japan we could've been number 1 in game development. One the reasons why this is because of the Quebec government. They heavily support the game industry. They give millions of dollars to hire the best employees. Big reason why Ubisoft Montreal is the most employed studio with almost 3000 employees. 

obsequies
obsequies

@brxricano well aren't you such a....bully. Think I'll go play some fez

Larizard
Larizard

@Megavideogamer I've got some titles for you, Mass Effect, assassin's creed, Far Cry 3, Deus ex: Human revolution, Dragon age, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, Max Payne 3, Fez, Sound Shapes... I'll just stop there.

Komania
Komania

@Megavideogamer Pull your head out of your ass and do some research. There are plenty more tech. companies than Blackberry. BioWare is Canadian. Relic is Canadian. Rockstar has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Ubisoft Motnreal is huge. Capcom Vancouver makes the Dead Rising games. Eidos Montreal is made Deus Ex: HR and is working on the new Thief game. And that's just SOME of the video game companies working in Canada.


Obviously there will be less in Canada than in the USA considering we have 1/10th of the population, but to deny all the Canada does is absolutely moronic. Oh, and don't get me started on the tech industry in Canada.

brxricano
brxricano

@dribblesbarbax Its when you toss an arm up your ass and the other one down your throat and try to see if your fingertips touch.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@Poison-tooth I remember that. Hopefully, that ignorant bigot spouted his nonsense to the wrong person and got knocked the eff out. You know, for his own good.

Gordon_Shock
Gordon_Shock

@quickshooterMk2 I'd take indie news over Cliffb quotes any day my friend

xMat7x
xMat7x

@Larizard @Megavideogamer Let me add to that. Batman : Arkham Origins, Thief, Bully, Rainbow Six, Guacamelee, Prince of Persia, FIFA and NHL games, Company of Heroes, Prototype, Baldur's Gate. Okay, I'll stop there :D

obsequies
obsequies

@Komania @Megavideogamer not just mainstream AAA's either. Got fez. And blackberries were the thing back in the day..thats like comparing a grandma to a cheer leader.