It seems Kickstarter is one of the biggest sponsorship platforms in the gaming industry, thanks to a huge surge from backers this year. In 2012 alone, the website has reported over $50 million in video game-related pledges.
Such a huge turnout has inspired Kickstarter themselves to call 2012 the “Year of The Game” in their latest blog, which highlights that seven out of 11 projects to pass $1 million since January:
Last week, Reaper Miniature Bones and Planetary Annihilation became the 10th and 11th Kickstarter projects to cross $1 million in funding. Both projects belong to the Games category. In fact, seven of the eleven projects that have crossed $1 million this year are games, and an eighth is a comic about a game. This has been the year of the game on Kickstarter.
And what’s been the catalyst for all this change in the crowd-sourcing website?
According to Kickstarter, it’s all thanks to Double Fine Adventure, which generated so much press with its record-breaking fundraising fun that the general public now views Kickstarter as “the place” to find and support video game projects. Ever since Double Fine Adventure‘s big day, video game pledges have regularly surpassed $2 million in pledges per month, up from practically nothing in comparison.
There’s a wealth of charts supporting the information too, all provided by Kickstarter’s team to show you just how much the dynamic has changed over the last few years. It’s impressive to say the least—$50,000 to $50 million in three years are numbers that would make any company jump for joy.