Crowd-funding has become a hot topic within the video game industry since Tim Schafer or Double Fine gathered more than $3 million for a point-and-click adventure a couple of months ago through Kickstarter.com.
An estimated $9 million was donated in March alone by the salivating salvo of fans looking to give a hand up to those projects they wanted to see released into the market, according to Kotaku.com.
Hell, Kickstarter.com is set to triple the amount of money it garners for projects this year and video game Kickstarter projects are becoming more popular.
A lot of these Kickstarter projects rely on a reward system to goad donators into parting with some of their hard earned cash. Additional content, t-shirts, soundtracks and a whole barrel of different things have been offered to gamers as exclusive rewards for helping the team by backing them financially.
But Gambitious is debuting a crowd-funding platform that will act something like a ‘video game stock market.’ People will not only put their money on a game they want to see, but also a game they believe will be a commercial success, meaning they will see returns on their initial investment.
“A developer decides what percentage of the required funding people can buy. Someone who invests money in a project, becomes a shareholder and is entitled to dividends,” said Gambitious CEO Korstiaan Zandvliet.
The company is launching it’s platform at E3 this year. The crowd-funding platform will first be launched in Europe but the company wants to go international with it once they get the legal kinks worked out.