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Double Fine's Kickstarter makes a million in a day

Update: Funds keep rising, five platforms and voice acting now confirmed

Update

Double Fine's Kickstarter total is now up to $1,846,014, which lead founder Tim Schafer to post an update on new plans for the title.

"We got a little bit more money than we thought we were going to get," said Schafer.

"We're going to be able to add things like platforms and voices and we're going to announce today that the platforms so far are PC, Mac and Linux and mobile it's going to be iOS devices and certain Android phones. "

He also confirmed a closed beta on Steam for backers, and a later DRM free version for those who like their games "loosey goosey."

The project still has around 26 days of funding left.

Original story

It was only yesterday that Double Fine launched a Kickstarter fund for its new point and click adventure with a $400,000 goal. This morning that fund stands at $1,210,995 and rising.

So far 32,466 people have donated to the project, including Notch, Mike Acton of Insomniac, actress Felicia Day and Naughty Dog's Amy Hennig.

Tweeting from DICE, Tim Schafer was understandably pleased with the results.

"Kickstarter records so far: Most funds raised in the first 24 hours. Highest number of backers of all time, and growing! Good morning!"

Meanwhile an update on the Kickstarter page promised the extra money meant more features for the finished game.

"You people are amazing! But it's not over yet. The number keeps going up and now the question is just how much news do we want to make with this? We're getting a lot of attention already and it seems like this little project could have an impact beyond itself"

"All money raised will go to make the game and documentary better. Additional money means it can appear on more platforms, be translated into more languages, have more music and voice, and an original soundtrack for the documentary, and more!"

Here UKIE called for crowdfunding, currently restricted by UK legislation, to become a viable option for British developers.

"Double Fine's Kickstarter project has today shown the huge potential of crowd funding to benefit games and interactive entertainment businesses," said UKIE's Jo Twist.

"We need the UK to be able to take full advantage of crowd funding and UKIE's Crowd Funding Report, due next week, will outline exactly what needs to be done for this to be possible."

Funding for the project doesn't close until March 13, and given the publicity the game has received so far there's expected to be another rush of donations today.

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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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