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Games earn more money on Kickstarter than any other category

Games on Kickstarter have become so popular in 2012 that the category has seen its earnings skyrocket to a collective $50 million in the course of just a few months.

Tom Curtis, Blogger

September 6, 2012

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There's no doubt that Kickstarter has become extremely popular for game developers over the last several months. Games on the platform have grown in both number and scale, and today Kickstarter revealed that the 'Games' section of the site currently pulls in more money than any other category. In the eight months leading up to August 31, video games and board games on Kickstarter have earned a collective $50 million dollars. Other leading categories like Film and Design, meanwhile, have earned $42 million and $40 million, respectively. That $50 million figure is particularly significant when compared to 2011, when games on Kickstarter only earned $3.6 million. In a recent blog post, Kickstarter said that the real catalyst for this growth was the successful Double Fine Adventure, which raised more than $1 million in its first day. Ever since Double Fine's game debuted in February, Kickstarter has seen the number of monthly game submissions increase from roughly 100 games per month to more than 200 games per month. Kickstarter has also noticed that backers who first pledge money to the Games category tend to back more projects than other Kickstarter users, which has helped the games on the platform pull in even more money. Kickstarter added that since Double Fine Adventure, the Games category has earned approximately $7 million per month. For comparison, games on Kickstarter earned roughly $4 million over the course of the previous three years combined. kgraph.jpg [Image credit: Kickstarter]

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Tom Curtis

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Tom Curtis is Associate Content Manager for Gamasutra and the UBM TechWeb Game Network. Prior to joining Gamasutra full-time, he served as the site's editorial intern while earning a degree in Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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