The Banner Saga - Kickstarter Campaign
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March 19th, 2012, 18:32
Backing a Kickstarter
a risk. Welcome to the world of being an investor! The reason traditional publishers get to call so many shots is because they put up the development funding up front. They take the risk that the project will run over time, over budget, or will fail to produce whatever they want to get out of it (usually their money back plus some level of profit). This happens sometimes. People are fallible and they sometimes make promises they can't keep.
Just because Kickstarter provides an alternative funding mechanism to traditional publishers doesn't make the risks inherent in project development go away. Someone has to assume them, and that someone is collectively whoever fronts the money. And guess what? In the Brave New Kickstarter World(tm), that's us. If you don't like it, don't back the project.
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