Half a Billion Dollars Has Been Pledged to Games on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding site reaches a big milestone.

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Since the crowdfunding site's launch, over $500 million has been pledged to game projects on Kickstarter, it announced this week.

Video games account for roughly 37 percent of that, with $186 million raised through the site. The majority of the money has gone to tabletop games, which account for $265 million. The remaining $49 million has gone to game projects that don't fit into either category.

The Dark Souls board game recently raised $5.4 million on Kickstarter
The Dark Souls board game recently raised $5.4 million on Kickstarter

That money has come from over 2.2 million backers, who have helped almost 8,000 projects to get off the ground. These have come in many forms, from Cards Against Humanity to Broken Age, FTL, Shovel Knight, and Divinity: Original Sin, among many others. The number of quality games to come from Kickstarter--where they were either fully funded or simply helped along near the end of their development--is too great to recount them all here.

To date, Shenmue III is the highest-funded video game on Kickstarter, raising just over $6.3 million. That also makes it the eighth highest-funded project on the site overall, and third in the games space behind the ill-fated Ouya ($8.5 million) and card game Exploding Kittens ($8.7 million). Of course, this all pales in comparison to Star Citizen, which raised $2.1 million through Kickstarter and has gone on to attract a total of almost $115 million.

The games category has been responsible for roughly one-fifth of the site's total pledges, but less than eight percent of its funded projects. $2.4 billion has been pledged through the site to a total of about 107,000 funded projects.

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Wow I forgot about Star Citizen. Weren't they planning on releasing the full game by the end of this year?

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I will never donate. Do it yourself or don't do it at all.

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@Jag-T1000: I've backed all of the Harebrained Schemes games, except Shadowrun Returns. (Just wasn't aware of it at the time.) The games they've created with the funding have been incredible. I'm way more than happy to continue to support developers like these that don't have AAA money.

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A fool and his money

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That is a lot of cash for Kickstarter! I like supporting the games through HeadTalker or Thunderclap to help them spread the word to my followers.

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That seems lower than I would have assumed.

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$8.7million for a card game!? o.O

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@milk: No, it was 8.7 million for "We are the people who run The Oatmeal. Give us money."

The game didn't even matter.