Give yourselves a pat on the back, Internet Massive. The Videogame History Museum has pulled enough funding to begin securing its collection for prosperity.
Just last week, the project’s Kickstarter fund was depressingly far from its stated target of $30,000, but the last minute activities of generous gamers – both financially and in helping to spread the word – has propelled it to more than $6000 over that point with 17 hours still on the clock.
The cash raised so far comes from just 336 patrons, meaning each gave on average over $100 each – but in fact, 22 generous souls gave over $1000 each, two offered over $500, and nine ponied up $250. 119 gave $25 or more, though.
The three founders of the organisation, who built the museum’s impressive library from forty years of their own private collecting, are naturally delighted, although aware that this is just the beginning.
“The money that we raise here will be spent carefully and wisely to promote awareness of the museum collection and generate more revenue. A project like The Computer History Museum takes-in and spends tens of millions per year. We’re many, many years away from being in the same league as they are, but something of that scale is our ultimate goal and it will cost a lot to get there,” an update on the Kickstarter fund reads.
“Even though we have reached our pre-set goal here on Kickstarter, please continue to donate as you are able. Both Kickstarter and Amazon Payments will be taking a hefty chunk in fees out of what was donated here. Every dollar we receive over the goal will be spent for exactly the same purpose as the first dollar.”
The astounding and unique collection has toured trade shows and industry events for some years now, drawing huge crowds, but at the expense of the curators and host organisations. The Videogame History Museum aims to find a permanent home for the whole collection rather than having it spread across paid storage, and to equip it with better touring support.