Report: Video game Kickstarters brought in $16.3m in 2019

Report: Video game Kickstarters brought in $16.3m in 2019

The video game category on crowdfunding website Kickstarter saw marginal growth last year.

That's according to Ico Partners' Thomas Bidaux (pictured), who writes that video game campaigns brought in $16,287,257 in 2019, an increase of three per cent on the $15.9m in the year prior.

The number of video game Kickstarters actually decreased year-on-year, with 1,428 campaigns hit the platform during 2019, a dip on the 1,501 that took place during 2018. The number of projects that actually hit their funding goals rose year-on-year from 352 to 380 during last year. Meanwhile, video game Kickstarters mostly rose less than $10,000, with 182 projects landing in this category. 132 projects raised between $10,000 and $50,000, while 41 made between $50,000 and $100,000. 19 made between $100,000 and $500,000 with another six making more than $500,000.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of donations were made in US dollars, with Euros coming in second place, Canadian dollars taking third and pound sterling landing in fourth. The British current actually saw a massive rise year-on-year, more than doubling in money donated between 2018 and 2019.

The full analysis can be found here.

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