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Kicking Kickstarter: Publishers Trying To Abuse The System

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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:02 pm

Kicking Kickstarter: Publishers trying to abuse the system

Publishers accused of trying to take advantage of the Kickstarter system in a round-a-bout way to avoid clashing directly with their terms.

Source: Desctructoid

   A recent success story for game maker Obsidian, who raised their targeted $1.1 million goal within 27 hours of starting their fundraiser, has earned them quite a bit of attention in the last few days.  Still earning money steadily with nearly a month to go before their kickstarter project ends, the RPG game: Project Eternity they wanted to develop should come to fans in the spring of 2014.  One of the reasons the turned to Kickstarter was problems in working with existing publishers and the types of games they wanted to stay focused on.

Feargus Urquhart of Obsidian recently revealed in a discussion about working with publishers:

'We were actually contacted by some publishers over the last few months that wanted to use us to do a Kickstarter.' I said to them 'So, you want us to do a Kickstarter for, using our name, we then get the Kickstarter money to make the game, you then publish the game, but we then don't get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits.'

"They said, 'Yes'."

   So if you see existing publishers using Kickstarter to fund games, beware.  Feargus would not give out details of which publishers he was referring to, but it's probably not the first or last time companies will try to exploit operations like Kickstarter to raise money instead of putting their own funds at risk.

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Rain Partier

Postby GHERU » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:25 pm


kind of smart too
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Justin Williams


Postby Justin Williams » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:25 pm

Yea didn't TOPCOW kickstart Cyberforce- using fan money instead of their own?
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Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:41 pm

FBtron wrote:Yea didn't TOPCOW kickstart Cyberforce- using fan money instead of their own?

Yep, but they made the first five issues free in multiple formats.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:34 pm

Sort of like Bill Willingham and Frank Cho using Kickstarter to publish a novel? Yes because these 2 would have lots of difficulty getting something published...
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Johnny Smith


Postby Johnny Smith » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:51 pm

maybe the Outhouse should do a Kickstarter so that we'll become too big for DC to bully around 8)

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