Kickstarter has raised over $500 million (opens in new tab) for games. Over half a billion dollars. I still remember the before time—2010, when crowdfunding was asking your mates to chip in for one last pint.
An infographic released by Kickstarter to mark the occasion reveals that $265m went on tabletop games, kicked off by the infamous Cards Against Humanity. £49 million was given to 'other' gaming projects, leaving $186 million for videogames.
I'd forgotten how many massive games had their start in the pockets of the people: Elite Dangerous (opens in new tab), Shadowrun Returns (opens in new tab), Broken Age (opens in new tab) and Pillars of Eternity (opens in new tab) to name very few.
The question is, now that crowdfunding isn't a novelty in itself, how long will the next $500m take? And when it comes, will the honour roll be be awash with innovative indies or dominated by the same big names?