Report – More than half of gaming Kickstarters fail

Tuesday, 12th June 2012 03:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An interesting infographic has surfaced showing gaming projects are less successful than your average Kickstarter campaign.

Appsblogger compiled the data from Kickstarter’s archives, suggesting that to date, 50% of all projects have been successfully funded.

In the gaming category, however, we’re a little below average, with just 43% of campaigns meeting their goals.

Including board and card games, over 17,000 gaming projects have been launched through the crowdfunding platform, meaning almost 10,000 have ended in failure. Ouch.

Check out the full rundown below. Kickstarter rose to prominence as a possible viable funding path for small to mid-sized development thanks to high-profile campaigns like Double Fine’s Adventure and inXile’s Wasteland 2.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. ejams

    I think the biggest issue for Kickstarter games is exposure. If someone doesn’t advertise their game or their group isn’t made up of so-and-so veterans of this company, it’s not going to go well.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sini

    Misleading statistic, some of those kickstarters are really really bad, we’re talking no screenshots, not even concept art bad, barely readable.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ansob

    I’m not sure why they put a question mark at the end of “smaller goals more successful” – I’d say that’s pretty much the basic tenet of Kickstarter. The higher you go, the less chances you have of reaching your goal. Since KS doesn’t give you a penny unless you do, it’s always worth setting a lower goal and hoping for pledges over that limit than vice versa.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sh4dow


    My thoughts exactly.

    #4 2 years ago

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