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Report: Last year Star Citizen outearned all video game Kickstarters combined

A new chart compiled from publicly-available funding data suggests that in 2014, people pledged more money to the development of Star Citizen than to all successful video game Kickstarters combined.

Consultant (and regular Gamasutra blogger) Thomas Bidaux has published a chart comparing funding data from Kickstarter and Roberts Space Industries with at least one notable takeaway: in 2014, people pledged more money to the development of Star Citizen than to all successful video game Kickstarters combined.

This is chiefly notable because it casts the post-2013 drop in money raised by video game Kickstarters in stark relief, and suggests that Chris Roberts' long-stated goal of gamifying fundraising and keeping it going in perpetuity during development is paying off.

However, it's worth noting (as Bidaux has in his blog posts) that 2014 was a bit of a rough year for video game Kickstarters, as big projects (think: Broken Age, Ouya, Star Citizen) were in short supply.

This year has been better thanks to high-profile projects like Bloodstained and Shenmue 3, but Star Citizen's funding engine continues to chug along (with delays plaguing the project) having recently surpassed 1 million backers and raised nearly $93 million to date.

 

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