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Appstori promises a Kickstarter alternative for mobile app developers

A new crowdsourcing platform dubbed Appstori launched on Tuesday, promising to give mobile app developers a dedicated community for promoting and raising funding for their games.
Over the past several months, Kickstarter has become the service of choice for crowd-sourced game development, but on Tuesday a new company called Appstori debuted a platform that gives mobile developers an alternative venue in which to raise funds for their games and apps. The new Appstori platform functions very much like Kickstarter, in that teams pitch their project online, and users can pledge money to support the games they're interested in. Appstori promises to offer some additional functionality, however, as teams can recruit new talent via "Want Ads" on their project page. The Appstori platform also follows Kickstarter's example by enabling teams to offer tiered rewards for users who pledge a set amount of money, and Appstori will only collect money from backers if a project reaches its pre-determined funding goal. For all projects that reach their target funding, Appstori will collect a 7 percent commission fee, slightly higher than Kickstarter's 5 percent commission. As of this writing, Appstori only has two game related projects in progress, but the platform promises to offer a full-fledged community where mobile app developers can promote their projects, communicate with fans, and gain assistance from the other game creators on the platform. For more information about Appstori, please visit its official website.

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