This Guy Wants $5 Million For the "Next Great Game". From You. Um, Right.

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Sites like Kickstarter can be a great way for up-and-coming developers to get the cash needed to make something playable. They can also be a great place for laughs.


Entrepreneur glazedmcguffin has started up an Indie GoGo site (basically Kickstarter in all but name) with the goal of creating "the next great game, a Modern Warfare & Battlefield 3 killer".

"I'm developing a new game franchise that will change the way first person shooters are played", they write. "It's innovative, fun, and features unmatched online multiplayer gameplay. It is competitive with the Modern Warfare and Battlefield franchises."

Exciting! Intros over, it's then down to business. "I'm seeking funding. Non disclosures must be signed for details beyond a certain point for competitive reasons, such as the full design document". You know. In case someone else in the industry stole his idea for a multiplayer shooter to compete with Modern Warfare.

What do I get in return? Well, while most actual Kickstarter projects give the charitable something like a t-shirt or their name in the credits, glazedmcguffin knows this industry too well, charging $500 to get your face in the game (subject to ESRB approval!) and $10,000, presumably to a media outlet that actually pays for coverage, for "Access to select interviews about the project".

As of posting the "game" (which sounds more like either a school project or a scam) has received...$0.


It's like the bottom end of the industry smashed into the top, and everything got horribly, and hilariously, mixed up.

Development of Innovative Video Games [Indie GoGo]



Okay, for starters, IndieGoGo and Kickstarter are NOT 'the same in all but name'.

Kickstarter wouldn't have approved this fundraiser, because this person is obviously insane. IndieGoGo has no approvals process. IndieGoGo also lets you seek funding for a business endeavor, whereas Kickstarter only lets you collect money for distinct 'projects'.

IndieGoGo also lets people put up fundraisers for personal things, like for medical bills and family stuff. And I think that's good, I think there needs to be an easy to use infrastructure out there for people to reach out for help like that, because with the sheer number of people out there on the internet, chances are at least SOMEONE will contribute...and as someone who has struggled financially pretty much their whole life, I can tell you that every dollar counts.

Unlike Kickstarter, with IndieGoGo you get to keep the money whether you succeed or not. (Though if you succeed, their cut is 4% instead of 9%) Also, you get the money as it comes in. (Except direct Credit Card payments, which are held until after the deadline, and paid via bank transfer.)

IndieGoGo accepts PayPal and direct credit/debit card payments...since those are things pretty much everyone has. Kickstarter only takes and disburses payments via Amazon Payments. (And who the hell uses that unless they're a merchant on Amazon Marketplace??)

A couple-few months back, I tried to make a Kickstarter for a USB arcade controller board I designed... They denied me for no reason, and after a bit of back-and-forth I managed to drag a response out of them; "Kickstarter is meant primarily for creative arts projects, and your application didn't fit." Meanwhile there were basically a DOZEN Kickstarters for Arduino clone boards...

Of course, once I found out you could use IndieGoGo for business funding, and not just projects, I put one up trying to raise $5000 for a metalworking lathe, a mill, and other tools, so I can MAKE COOL THINGS. \o/