A pretty cool report by New York Times!
According to NYT, data shows crowd-funding site users have pledged over $20 million for game projects... also, alleged scam project Mythic pulled from site.
According to New York Times, game projects have collected over $20 million on Kickstarter since the crowd-funding platform launched three years ago.
However, with Kickstarter growing like this, looks like also do concerns about scams using the crowd-funding site, as the site has suffered its first publicised scam.The average financing total for successful game projects came in at $26,910, with only design endeavors ($29,409) and technology projects ($27,677) besting that figure.
Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men appears to itself be a myth.
The average financing for all game projects--those successful and unsuccessful--tallied $12,759. Double Fine's adventure game is the second-most-funded project on the site to date with $3.3 million, topped only by the Pebble E-Paper watch ($7 million). Other game projects to cross the million mark for crowd funding include Wasteland 2 ($2.9 million) and Shadowrun Returns ($1.8 million).
Kickstarter hasn't provided a comment about that.Mythic offers
Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men had promised "gameplay characteristics will be similar to that of World of Warcraft and the graphics quality should be up there with Skyrim".
The commitment to compete on an equal footing with big budget titles and a claim that "animations will be done via motion capture thanks to some friends at Disney/Pixar" raised suspicions.
The scheme also offered supporters the chance of being motion captured so that they could appear as a "god" in the game, a life-sized sword and a copy of the soundtrack recorded "at the Disney Studios" if they gave enough money.
Internet users subsequently reported that teaser screenshots had been copied from unrelated concept art and graphic design tutorial websites.
Well, there you go. Although there are a lot of legit ones like the Leisure Suit Larry one, if you support game projects through this, you should be extra careful and watch over if the project seems unrealistic or if its just a rip-off, as the site sometimes misses out things on the approval process!
NEWS SOURCE #1: http://www.gamespot.com/news/kicksta...report-6374422"What worried me the most is how Kickstarter allowed this to be posted in the first place," wrote David Kononen on the site's comments page.
"A simple Google search, and I found out for myself this was very shady."
The person responsible for the scam may have been trying to capitalise on the success of another video game.
NEWS SOURCE #2: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17915305
Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news story!