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Kickstarter, Pros and Cons

Kickstarter has become the go-to place to get funds for iOS game developers. But it’s important to realize that crowd-sourcing funds can be as much of a hassle as a blessing in some situations. Let’s take recently successful Kickstarter project Star Command as an example.

Developer War Balloon set a goal of $20,000 for their Kickstarter project for upcoming game Star Command. The project actually raised almost double in funding for the game at about $37,000. In a recent post on their Kickstarter page, War Balloon described where that money actually went and how the team is actually $50,000 in debt.

$2000 immediately didn’t happen because of transactions that didn’t go through, Kickstarter and Amazon Payments took about a $3000 cut, and $10,000 was spent on prize fulfillment for the pledgers. With the remaining $22,000 that was left after that, the team spent $6000 on music, $4000 on attorney fees, $2000 on poster art, $1000 on iPads, and $3000 for PAX East. Only about $6000 ended up as income for the team.

Some tips from War Balloon, “Keep the attorneys out of it.” They felt like the operating agreements were a waste of time and “a nice piece of napkin paper probably would have done just as well.”

Kickstarter was definitely a positive force for their development. But it isn’t always the the swimming pool of money that it seems to be for even the successful projects.

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Kevin Stout
I'm a graduate of Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Philosophy. My iPhone and iPad were my favorite college tools. I'm always looking for the advantages of iOS apps for students and educators.
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  • http://www.marketsandpatents.com Mark Nowotarski

    I would agree.  A number of my clients have had successful Kickstarter projects, but you need to be very careful about your budgets.

  • Amy-Melissa

    Hi Kevin. Thanks for sharing this; very informative in relation to the recent debate I’ve practically been having with myself (as a fellow Philosophy graduate I’m sure you’ve been there!) over whether to use Kickstarter for my own idea. However, as a law student (who has no intention of going into practice), I do question the benefit of including this ‘top tip’ in your article. Apologies if you have researched the impact of their tip, but ‘a nice piece of napkin paper’ is unlikely to be taken seriously in several areas of law and should a law suit arise it may not even be considered reliable evidence!