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Why Do Kickstarters Feature So Heavily In My Top 10? | Maven Games
I recently published my Top 10 Games of All Time (as of the end of 2019). All but one of them were Kickstarters. I was astonished when I realised. I knew Kickstarters were some of my favourite games, but I didn’t think my Top 10 would be that heavily dominated by Kickstarters. Admittedly, some of them were games that started life on Kickstarter, but went straight to retail afterwards. However, nearly half of them have never seen a retail release. Why is that? Why do Kickstarters feature so heavily in my Top 10? Let’s investigate… Pre-Orders Despite the Kickstarter website’s assertion that “Kickstarter is not a store”, some companies use Kickstarter as pre-order system. Manufacturing and delivering thousands of games is expensive, even for a large company. Being able to obtain funds from consumers before production begins is a no-brainer for many companies. It’s possible to view this cynically, but as a company, you either need a lot of spare cash lying around or you have to borrow money to finance production. The first option is only viable for large companies; the second option can be expensive and risky (if the games don’t sell after you’ve produced them, you’re in...