Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 25 – The Joys and Pitfalls of Crowdfunding

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Another off the cuff episode, this one very nearly ended up not being published at all (because of this, in case you’re curious). However, thanks to some urging from the rest of Spam Spam Spam Humbug’s contributors, I buckled down and spent a few hours making very careful edits to the episode audio.

And let me tell you, it was worth it. Because in this episode, I was joined by none other than Joe Garrity (he of Origin Museum fame), and we talked for nearly an hour about crowdfunding…and the sometimes absurd expectations that people who back games on e.g. Kickstarter develop as a result of having chipped in.

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    WtF Dragon
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    Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 25 – The Joys and Pitfalls of Crowdfunding

    When you back a crowdfunded project — on Kickstarter or elsehwere — exactly what does that mean? What’s the nature of your pledge, and what is the nature of your relationship with the developer thereafter?

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    Micro Magic

    That was quite an entertaining episode. I totally agree with your premise. The companies that take kickstarter money have no obligation to listen to the backers on how to make the game.

    I’m surprised you didn’t argue from a logistic and practical point of view. A lot of these games get donators in the realm of 50-60-70 thousand people. Do each get a vote? Lets say you have a donator of 20,000 dollars into a game that raised 5 million dollars. That’s only .4% of the total money raised. Lets round that to half a percent. If there’s 50 people working on the project do you get 1/4 of one vote on the project? Besides, what you’re doing when you donate is buying a copy of the game and some goodies that were promised. It’s actually a preorder that was done waaaaay in advance. There’s no express ownership of the company. You’re not a shareholder. Even if you were, you wouldn’t be on the board of directors and your opinion would be of little consequence similarly to owning one share of Microsoft.

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