Video video games had a profitable yr on Kickstarter in 2021, new knowledge exhibits, with a file complete of 441 video games hitting their funding targets. The information comes from Ico Companions, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, which identified that this file has now been damaged two years in a row.
The variety of video video games efficiently funded on Kickstarter has solely topped 400 two different times–first in 2014, when 413 video games have been funded, after which in 2020 with 429 profitable initiatives.
Whereas 2021 was a record-breaking yr by way of the variety of initiatives efficiently funded, it noticed a small drop within the general quantity of funds raised for video video games, from $26 million in 2020 to $24 million in 2021. Neither comes near video video games’ highest-earning yr on Kickstarter, which noticed a complete of $56 million raised throughout 395 initiatives again in 2013. These numbers have been helped alongside by quite a lot of high-profile initiatives together with Torment: Tides of Numenera and Mighty No. 9.
Tabletop video games, which are typically extra common (or at the least extra frequent) on Kickstarter than video video games by an order of magnitude, additionally had a profitable 2021, beating the earlier yr by way of each initiatives funded and funds raised.
The favored crowdfunding platform could also be in for a slower 2022, after an announcement that it could be pivoting to the blockchain prompted backlash from each creators and backers. Whereas Kickstarter has since slowed down its transition to the blockchain, it hasn’t cancelled it, main many creators to search for alternate options within the crowdfunding area.