Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, has surpassed their stated $1 Million goal on Kickstarter by raising just shy of $2 Million via support from over 22,000 backers. This comes soon after the most money raised by a video game was announced as Torment: Tides of Numenera raised over $4 Million surpassing Double Fine Adventure and their record.
Game crowdfunding has been a break away success on leading crowdfunding site Kickstarter, having raised over $116 Million dollars to date under the games category. Only film and video have edged out game crowdfunding with a total crowdfunded amount of just under $125 Million.
As has quickly become standard practice for game crowdfunding, the campaign to raise funds will continue on the organizers sites after the crowdfunding campaign has closed on Kickstarter.
Pledge structure on many game crowdfunding campaigns targets all levels of potential support. Shroud of Avatar was no different with the lower levels starting at only $1o. The top level, of which there were two available rewards, sold for $10,000. This “Lords of the Manor” level was sold out. The most popular level of support was for $25. Supporters numbered 4,989 backers at this level.
Crowdfunding for the gaming business has been a boon for the industry in general. A vibrant fan base has been a quick answer for much needed funds for many established game studios. Crowdfunding has only recently resulted in such overwhelming success for video games but recent examples of incredible results will only continue to push amounts raised to higher records.
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