Kickstarter has been in the news quite a lot lately. The crowd-sourced funding site is being used to fuel the development of everything from games to movies to physical products, and it seems to be getting more and more popular. Nearly 50,000 projects have been started since Kickstarter popped onto the web three years ago, and The New York Times has put together an interesting visualization of where the money is going.
Although games make up up a relatively small percentage of the total number of projects, they're raking in quite a lot of cash. Just this year, over $8 million has been pledged to a trio of high-profile titles: Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2, and Double Fine Adventure. Even the new Leisure Suit Larry game has amassed over half a million bucks, and there's still a couple of days left to go in that particular project.
Then there's the Pebble watch, which works in conjunction with Android and iOS devices and has received over $7 million in pledged funding. Despite that total far eclipsing the $100,000 target, there are still 18 days left to contribute.
Of the 50,000 projects started on Kickstarter, nearly 22,000 have reached their financing goals. That's a pretty impressive success rate—and better than I would have guessed. I expect we'll see a lot more independent developers and small hardware makers using the service to help fund future projects.