News: Dutch startup Gambitious hopes to offer an alternative to Kickstarter by offering the ability to buy shares in potential projects.
Gambitious, a game-specific, Kickstarter-esque funding platform is set to launch at this year’s E3 conference in June. The Dutch company are planning a system where rather than simply donating to a potential project’s funding, those who contribute funds become shareholders and are thus entitled to dividends when the game is ultimately released – if, of course, it sells enough.
CEO Korstiaan Zandvliet says developers will be able to determine exactly how much of the project can be paid for by investors, according to GamesIndustry International. Despite a planned E3 launch, Gambitious will initially only be available in Europe, though Zandvliet intends to expand once ‘legal barriers’ are dealt with.
Good as it is to see alternatives becoming available, Gambitious’ reliance on profit motive feels a little too much like reintroducing the kind of creative-stifling influences that Kickstarter-funded games effectively avoid. Would people really use it to fund great games, or just games which would pay the fattest dividends?
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