There's no denying the popularity and success of Kickstarter, with hundreds of games, music, projects, and more gaining the funding necessary to become reality. Recently, the Kickstarter staff revealed just how successful games have been on the site, with more than $100 million ($107.6m, to be exact) being pledged since 2009. The vast majority of that has come since the beginning of last year, when Double Fine Adventure showed the world what the site can do.
In 2009, a mere $60,601 was pledged towards games. Last year, that number was $83,144,565. Let that sink in for a moment. Back in 2009, one of the first successful projects was a Kingdom Death miniatures board game, which raised $1,741. The creator of that returned last year with another successful project, but this time it raised more than $2 million. That is an impressive and downright insane jump in the popularity of Kickstarter.
The $100 million figure includes both video and tabletop games, which has the likes of FTL: Faster Than Light, Wasteland 2, and Cards Against Humanity among the more successful projects. A good deal of the games have already been made, but plenty more, like the aforementioned Wasteland 2 and Double Fine Adventure, are still in development.
This current year has already seen more than $22 million pledged, and there should be no slowdown to the success of projects, especially games, on Kickstarter. Torment: Tides of Numenera is the most recent successful example, but it should be far from the last this year.