Gambitious: Crowdfunding for Games With Dividends for Investors

April 20, 2012 -

A new crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to game development will launch this June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Dubbed an "alternative to Kickstarter," the new platform is being built by Dutch company Gambitious.

The way the system (also called Gambitious), will work is straightforward enough: investors will buy shares in game projects, which will ultimately translate to paid dividends if the game makes it to market and sees commercial success. The platform will launch in Europe first, but the company hopes to expand it to the international stage once legal issues are dealt with. What those legal issues are we do not know.

Gambitious CEO Korstiaan Zandvliet announced the launch during his keynote this week at the Dutch Festival of Games.

"The main difference between Gambitious and the currently popular Kickstarter is that the former does not rely on donations," said Zandvliet. "Instead, a developer decides what percentage of the required funding people can buy. Someone who invests money in a project, becomes a shareholder and is entitled to dividends."

While Kickstarter has proven to be highly successful as a way to fund game projects, this new platform could be better because investors will actually be investors who get a return on their investment - assuming the platform is viable.

Source: GamesIndustry International


Comments

Re: Gambitious: Crowdfunding for Games With Dividends for ...

the company hopes to expand it to the international stage once legal issues are dealt with. What those legal issues are we do not know.

​For one, this type of investing is currently illegal in the US. That would certainly prevent it from coming here. Until we get our investor laws fixed, we will have to make due with Kickstarter and other similar services.

Re: Gambitious: Crowdfunding for Games With Dividends for ...

I thought the JOBS act was just signed making this legal.

Re: Gambitious: Crowdfunding for Games With Dividends for ...

Well, there is a bit of a '*' here.  The JOBS act should make such things legal, but it will be up to the SEC to actually write new rules and the could write them in ways that make it impossible to practically do things like this.

Which is a real shame, I have been wanting this type of investing for a long time.

Re: Gambitious: Crowdfunding for Games With Dividends for ...

You are right. I must have totally spaced it on the news. Will have to wait and see how that affects Gambitious in the US.

 
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