Star Citizen raised around $39m in 2018

Star Citizen raised around $39m in 2018

Wildly ambitious sci-fi title Star Citizen raised in the region of $39m in 2018.

That's based on the fact that the project's site boasts a total of $215.6m in crowdfunding to date, with around $1.3m raised in 2019 to date. Deducting that gets you $214m.

In 2017, Star Citizen raised $34.9m, bringing the game to a total of $175m, meaning that the figure for 2018 is around $39m.

There is definitely a margin of error here given that we don't have precise figures for much of this information, but we have reached out to Roberts Space Initiative for more information.

This means that crowdfunding for Star Citizen rose 12 per cent year-on-year - or $4.1m - likely driven by the fact that we do appear to be nearing some kind of release. The rollout of Alpha 3.3 brought in $1m in just a week. The single-player Squadron 42 portion of the game is also approaching a beta launch.

Indicentally, RSI attracted a further $46m in private investment in order to get this part of the Star Citizen project out by late 2020.

In total, 2,232,418 people have donated a massive $215,634,555 to the cause. With the aforementioned private investment, we're looking at close to $280m being put behind the project. 

That $39m figure means that once again Star Citizen has vastly outperformed the crowdfunding market in general. Video game projects on Kickstarter raised $16m in 2018, with rival platform Fig bringing in just $1.2m for the year.

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