Kickstarter has proven to be a popular destination for video game developers, a fact that the founders of the new crowdfunding platform Gambitious are looking to capitalize on. The newly launched site offers the same sort of creator-focused soapbox that Kickstarter does, with the main difference being that its sole focus is the video game industry.
"Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, Gambitious is designed specifically for the video game industry and ups the ante of developer credibility, investor engagement, and development cycle understanding," CEO Paul Hanraets told Gamesindustry International. Hanraets is a company founder, alongside fellow industry professionals Andy Payne (from Mastertronic) as well as Serious Sam publisher Devolver Digital's Harry Miller and Mike Wilson.
On the developer side, those seeking crowd-funding are required to submit a detailed business plan in order to qualify, though the IP remains in the creator's hands. For backers, success for the project offers the added incentive of cash dividends based on initial investments. In short, if you pay to back a project that turns out to be successful, you'll actually see a return on that investment. As Wilson explained, "It is time to move from the wild, wild west of crowdfunding to a more professional model."
There are currently seven projects in play on Gambitious at launch, with three others listed as "coming soon." The most recognizable one of the bunch is Mushroom Men: Pax's Truffle Trouble from Red Fly Studios, the same outfit behind the previous Mushroom Men game, Spore Wars for Wii.
I've yet to fully explore the new site's info section, which runs through how the funding process works, but the potential for backers to see a return on their investments certainly seems to be the main thing setting Gambitious apart from its chief competitor.