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Kickstarter UK sees 2 million pledged in first month

Kickstarter UK sees 2 million pledged in first month

Tue 04 Dec 2012 5:18am GMT / 12:18am EST / 9:18pm PST
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$3.33 million has found its way to creators in the UK

Kickstarter's United Kingdom operation has reached 2,069,164 ($3.33 million) in pledges since its launch late in October. In a post on the Kickstarter blog, co-founder Yancey Strickler and data engineer Fred Benenson released numbers focused around the crowd-funding service's fist month in the UK.

45,799 backers contributed to the 2 million, with 30 projects having successfully ended their funding drive out of 407 launched. Of those backers, 39 percent came from the UK. The United States clocked in at 23 percent, as did the rest of the EU. Other regions accounted for 15 percent of the total backers. In contrast, 78 percent of backers for US projects came from the same region, with 22 percent coming from outside the US.

Funded UK games include the retro-brawler Fist of Awesome, open-world RPG Sui Generis, Tales of Fallen London: The Silver Tree, adventure title Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, and indie-platformer PuzzlePork.

Broken down into separate regions, London leads the pack with 217 projects. 43 projects originated in Edinburgh, with Belfast and Manchester claiming 12 projects each.

[Image via Crowdsourcing.org]

9 Comments

Simon Hope
Senior Games Recruitment Consultant

6 2 0.3
Excellent news! Great to see this taking off in the UK and giving developers another route to getting their projects funded. Looking forward to seeing the first of these initial 30 coming to market in the coming months! Roll on tax breaks in April as well... things are looking up in the UK again!

Posted:A year ago

#1
7.3% success for the UK KS is not too shabby. Looks like when the more folks understand how KS works, and as worthwhile projects are successfully pitched, the public audience with donate with their wallets accordingly

Posted:A year ago

#2
The UK KS will be a great means for the proven innovation and skills of the independent developers and studios to get the oxygen of publicity and hopefully funding - against the blocking of new ideas from the traditional industry. Best of luck to all those using the service.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Peter Shea
Contract Game Designer

18 14 0.8
43 projects in Edinburgh seemed somewhat odd (population is less than 0.5M) until I looked them up and saw they were almost all Fringe Theatre shows- nothing to do with games! Just in case anyone else was wondering about that stat!

Posted:A year ago

#4

Gordon Rennie
writer

5 22 4.4
But we're all so super-creative here in the east, Pete...

Posted:A year ago

#5

M.H. Williams
Staff Writer

37 32 0.9
@Peter

I thought about mentioning it since I went through each region looking for game projects, but I figured the line would stick out randomly.

Posted:A year ago

#6
@Peter, I wonder if like with the US KS service, you can track disgruntled or soon to be 'Pink-Slipped' employees venting their bottled creativity?

Posted:A year ago

#7

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

823 1,061 1.3
This is funny. The media keep telling me that nobody's got a pot to piss in. :)

Posted:A year ago

#8

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