According to a study conducted by a blogger who has been tracking the video games funded through Kickstarter, only a third of projects had been fully delivered to the backers.
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Kickstarter gave us some of the great games, but most of the successfully funded projects have not been delivered to those who made it possible for developers to complete their games. At least not in a timely manner that was promised within the campaigns.
Unsub, a blogger who has conducted a study by monitoring the success of video games that asked for funding through Kickstarter, published a report showing how many of those titles have been fully delivered within a promised time frame. The report includes 366 successfully funded projects between 2009 and 2012.
By looking at the stats Unsub published on the blog, some 37 percent of the titles were fully delivered as promised to their backers. Not more than 8 percent gave a partial delivery in a way of an alpha version or a single level. Good news is that only 5 percent of successful projects were followed by a formal cancellation from developers. Bad news is that there are many titles left without a formal explanation for the delay.
Some games were promised to be delivered as a whole title, and developers decided to split them into three parts after the Kickstarter funding was successful. Others were said to be released for multiple gaming platforms and were released for only one, leaving the other unfinished. We could assume that failed games were a result from developers not taking into considerations all of the costs needed to deliver a product they promised.
One of the trends that have increased since 2011 is to split a video game into separate parts, or not releasing the title for mobile devices. Still, people are eager to back the promising projects and that means there are games that delivered a good gaming experience.
The majority of finished games asked for less than $20,000 and this is somewhat a worrying fact. Although games such as Star Citizen, which raised a staggering amount will most certainly deliver what developers stated in their Kickstarter campaigns. Interesting thing is that most of the undelivered projects seem to have developers not talking to their backers anymore and an official website of a game no longer works.
Unsub’s research simply shows that investors should be more wary before sinking their money into a game that is being developed by someone who never made a video game before. If you back these titles, be prepared for long delays. Sometimes it could be even years before the game would be fully released. Read the full report from Unsub.
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