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Big Publishers Accused of Trying to Manipulate Kickstarter Fever

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The last twelve months have seen an outbreak of Kickstarter fever. Old devs, new devs, indie devs, everyone with an idea and some concept art has been scrambling to the service in an attempt to get their dream game made.


Part of the appeal for both backers and developers is that, in theory, it removes the need for publishers, and all the focus-testing and creative meddling that often goes along with them.

So this statement, from Obsidian's Feargus Urquhart, is more than a little concerning. Writing on the Project Eternity Kickstarter page, he says:

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'.

Sadly, he does not name names. Nor does he give enough information to deduce just who it might have been. If you just assume it's all the big publishers, then, you'll be at least partially right!


Project Eternity [Kickstarter, via Destructoid]

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I do not like Kickstarter. There was just a pretty damning article over at Gawker (I think it was Gawker — it's at one of the Gawker sites, anyway) about a musician (the one married to Neil Gaiman, I can't remember her name) taking advantage of fans and how Kickstarter's system essentially can't be abused, because there isn't one (they expect people to honor their word, but do not enforce anything). It's succeeded a few times in doing good, but, for the most part, it just seems like yet another way the rich have invented to take money from the poor and middle-class, instead of spending their own piles cash.