A new space combat sim from the creator of Wing Commander attracts over $6 million worth of investment.
Thanks to crowd sourcing, gamers are taking ownership of their hobby by funding projects which they’re personally interested, flying in the face of common business understanding. Case in point, Star Citizen and the apparently dying space combat sim genre.
The project from the mind of Chris Roberts, considered the father of the Wing Commander series, has attracted over $6.2 million and over 89,000 pledges. Star Citizen was only revealed last month and in that short amount of time it’s attracted a massive and devoted following who have put their money into a project which aligns with their specific tastes.
For those keeping count that makes Star Citizen the most successful crowd sourcing effort for a single game ever, gaining more cash than Double Fine’s Adventure project (over$3 million), but short of the tally accrued by Andriod console OUYA ($8.5 million) . What’s perhaps most interesting though is that Star Citizen attracted the vast amount of its funding via its official website, rather than through Kickstarter – an interesting anomaly which staff at the popular crowd sourcing portal will be certainly keeping an eye on.
“The battle is over and we – PC gamers, space sim fans, WingNuts, Lancers and the rest – have won. You’ve not only met every goal we set, you’ve exceeded them. Star Citizen will be released because of your dedication and your willingness to put your money where our mouths are. Our gratitude is immeasurable; we owe you our livelihoods and will not soon forget it,” reads a statement on Star Citizen’s official website.
Check out the pitch video below to see what all the fuss is all about…
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