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