Star Citizen was the 2017 crowdfunding champ

With a relatively flat year in terms of Kickstarter’s video games fundraising, 2017 ended up handing the crown of crowdfunding back to Star Citizen. The sci-fi project raised $34.91 million over the year, versus $17.25 million for all of the 2017 Kickstarter video game projects combined.

Star Citizen’s 2017 haul was only slightly down from both 2016 ($36.11M) and 2015 ($35.9M). With game creation so lucrative, you have to wonder what incentive there is to launch it, eh? Polygon notes that the numbers here come from Roberts Space Industries and does not include any adjustments based on returns.

So far, the new year is off to a good start, with the testing of Star Citizen’s Alpha 3.0 currently running and an increased focus on the upcoming Squadron 42 single-player experience.

Source: Polygon
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Xijit
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Xijit

Said it before, but there is no way that someone isn’t laundering money through this project.

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Oleg Chebeneev

How can anyone deny money to this man?

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Bryan Correll

Is it just me, or is he starting to look a lot like Jim Bakker?
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Edit: No similarity besides appearance is to be implied from this post. Really, don’t come after me.

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Crowe

Had to click the “like” after the edit comment. That’s just hilarious!
I can see a vague similarity — male, dark hair, and they both have teeth. But Sandi is no TFB… FFS!

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angrakhan

Um… nope unless the similarity you are referring to is they’re human and white. We don’t really all look alike, you know… unless you’re referring to the cat… Roberts does have a certain fluffiness to him.

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Utakata

I think the implication could be more interpreted as “buyer beware”. :)

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Bryan Correll

No, no, no. No implication, honest!* I just think they look similar. Though all white dudes do look similar. I’m always confusing myself with Hugh Jackman.

*Honest!

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Alex Hyer

((Deleted by mod. Please review the commenting code. Lighten up, Francis.))

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Paragon Lost

;)

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Melissa McDonald

Yet another wrong meme. His name is Francis Soyer.

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Alex Willis

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Paragon Lost

Yeah it’s been a few decades since I’ve seen the movie. Was stationed for a bit where parts of it was filmed (right after it was filmed…dating myself once again). Regardless, once again though instead embracing the intent you go along with how you post. Keep on, keepin on Melissa.

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Melissa McDonald

“yet another” was used generically, not aimed at you. Didn’t know you made it yourself… no need to take it personally.

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Paragon Lost

I didn’t, I’m just commenting on the fact that you do this often.

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Alex Willis

Right. Like MOP is the epicentre for SC flame wars.

And I agree — Justin is a quality journalist. Quality observation, quality commenter!

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Slaasher

I guess tongue in cheek humour is out of fashion now huh?

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Alex Hyer

Bleeeeeeh bleeeeeeh bleeeeeeeh

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Barry Carpenter

but any truth in those numbers? RCI can show any number to look good and out of trouble:p Something fishy when one game gets more money that whole kickstarter.

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Alex Hyer

You didn’t even get their company abbreviation right.

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TheDonDude

The main thing is we don’t know how many refunds have gone through. So their total is actually $34.91 million minus…. unknown. Thus the total is unknown.

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malibutomi

Take the worst bet and say minus 200.000 did it make a difference? Nope.

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styopa

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THANKS XOXO
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edangerous

CIG crowing about how they’ve made loadsa money with their $1000 a piece macrotransactions compared to all the other kickstarters with their $20 items…

Now, if they could just deliver something on time and to spec, that would be nice.

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TheDonDude

In fairness, CIG hasn’t actually crowed about this.

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Rhime

This is true…

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edangerous

From the article…

For the second year in a row, the team working on Star Citizen say they’ve raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined. The numbers, which are self-reported and do not include returns, aren’t even close.

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TheDonDude

Ehhhh, that’s not even close to crowing.

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edangerous

Sure it is. They’re the ones putting it out there, they’re the ones saying look how successful we are and how much better we are than all the other kickstarter games combined.

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malibutomi

Nope.

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TheDonDude

The funding chart has been on their website since forever. The alternative would be to hide it (which would result in further calls of scams, etc).

I don’t see how they can publicly share information without it being called crowing, then.

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Joe Blobers

To TheDonDude:
Because according to some around, everything CIG has done, is doing and will do is subject to a conspiracy theory of pure evilness :)

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edangerous

There is no mention of the funding chart being the source for this data.
All that is mentioned in the article is “the team behind the game say…” and that the data comes from Kickstarter and CIG/RSI.
If the team are saying something then they are bragging about it, they’re pointing their success over others which is the very definition of crowing.

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TheDonDude

I disagree.

If CIG says: “We earned a bazillion dollars”, and Kickstarter says “we earned a zillion dollars”, then CIG is saying that they earned more, but that’s not really crowing.

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Alex Hyer

Nothing CIG does can get them credit with the people who’re sick to death that the game isn’t “out yet”.

These tools can only handle 6 months of dev cycle before they demand a game be fully launched and fully featured with everything they’ve ever wanted a video game to have.

Look at Destiny 2. It took 2 years to get that hot turd box out to the consumers and now people are SURPRISED its a festering puddle of poo.

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Barry Carpenter

at least destiny running at 60 fps on any toaster and not some silly 7-10 fps like some games….

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Alex Hyer

NIce one, give a game that is x1000 more ambitious shit for not running at 60 fps in Alpha.
You’re clearly a champion of game development.

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Bryan Correll

In other news:

China has the world’s largest population.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.
There are cows in Texas.
The Pope is Catholic.
Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

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Crowe

“Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.”
Nooooooooo!
Dammit, I should have been watching Saturday night news… I might have learned this earlier! /sob

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Utakata

You forgot Trump and Bannon’s bromance was superficial. o.O

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Zora

I don’t think enough money exist in the crowdfunding-sphere for any competitor to raise really… there’s only that many arab oil princes with golden toilets in the world.

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Melissa McDonald

Surprise, surprise, surprise! (Gomer Pyle voice)

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