Kickstarter has recently released its funding statistics for 2014 showing that game funding ranked fourth on the site making last year the best year since Kickstarter launched in 2009.
While games were one of the most backed categories last year, interestingly, projects received less funding overall. In 2013, games were backed with an average of $71,000 per campaign. That number dropped drastically in 2014 to a little over $38,000. However, the amount of campaigns being successfully funded has been increasing exponentially. Last year, just under 2,000 games were fully backed compared to about 1,500 in 2013 and 913 the year before.
There seems to be two major reasons for these numbers. First, there was a lack of “blockbuster” games such as Double Fine’s Broken Age (2012) or InXile’s Torment: Tides of Numenera (2013). Secondly, with more and more indie games being funded through Kickstarter, backers are spreading their money across more projects rather than giving larger sums to a select few.
It seems that Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms are still a viable way for developers to get their games off the ground, but with greater competition, they must stand out from the crowd more than ever before.