In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve likely heard of the popular project-funding website, Kickstarter, and depending on your perspective, either loathe or love the site. Kickstarter has recently been flooded by indie game developers looking to skip the cutthroat competition for professional funding and instead turn to the community for financial support. As a result, indie developers have been searching for a gaming-specific community funding option, and fortunately, the upcoming Gambitious looks ready to provide it.
After Double Fine enjoyed a huge amount of success gathering funding for their upcoming adventure title, indie developers have struck to the web to try and emulate the same level of triumph. The results have been…mixed, but have proven that starving developers needn’t rely on big publishers to realize their gaming dreams. Gambitious aims to change up the game a little bit (excuse the pun), offering a stock-like investor strategy to those who decide to support gaming start-ups with an idea and a convincing mission statement.
Gambitious, a Dutch company, is taking cues from Wall Street to make significant strides in the indie development world. Rather than using incentive-based crowdfunding strategies, Gamebitious aims to deliver a more mature experience where investors buy stock in upcoming titles. Investors are awarded with dividends upon completion of the title, rather than some sort of predefined gift. Although Gambitious will only be launching in Europe, the service may find itself making its way into the States should it enjoy moderate success. The service is a little bit behind schedule for launch, but it would be wise to keep an eye on the fledgling concept as it comes into its own. You can track the site’s progress over on their website, http://gambitious.com/, and be sure to check back regularly for updates on the project.