Gloomhaven leaves Kickstarter over blockchain push

Gloomhaven leaves Kickstarter over blockchain push

For many years, Backerkit has been the trusted back-end for crowdfunding projects, shipping management and organizational logistics for Kickstarter campaigns. The San Francisco-based company is now building its own crowdfunding platform, which competes directly with Brooklyn-based crowdfunding giant Kickstarter. Crowdfunding of Backerkit came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, and one of its first live campaigns will be driven by one of the competitor’s biggest success stories: Cephalofair Gamescreator of the critically acclaimed board game Gloomhaven.

Since 2015, Cephalofair Games has raised more than $ 17.9 million on Kickstarter. Its latest campaign, for a game called Frosthaven, is the single largest table campaign in Kickstarter’s history and the fourth most highly funded project on that platform. Cephalofair’s founder Isaac Childres says, however, that he has had enough of Kickstarter, and the straw that broke the camel’s back was Kickstarter’s latest effort in blockchain technology.

We did not agree ” the decision to judge blockchain, Childres wrote in his company’s newsletter on Tuesday. “So we made sure to clarify that our upcoming project would be crowdfunded, but not necessarily a Kickstarter project. And we started looking seriously for other alternatives.”

In December 2021, Kickstarter unilaterally announced that it would switch its platform to blockchain technology. The the reaction from its community of creators was rapid. Kickstarter has since pumped the brakes, slow down but do not stop its transition to a new protocol based on cryptographic “proof of effort“technology. It is also on the market for a new CEO.

“Kickstarter has made it clear to us that they want to be at the forefront of another transition Web3“,” Childres wrote, “and the Cephalofair Games is simply not about that. Kickstarter has not yet delivered, in the seven months since they made their announcement, any concrete example of how the transition to a blockchain will make crowdfunding better for creators or supporters, and pretty much everything we’ve seen during that time from cryptocurrency is thriving fraud, theft and financial ruin. We are quite hesitant to move in any way that would associate us with or enable any of it. “

Kate Bernyk, head of communications for Kickstarter, who was reached for comment, Polygon pointed to her company message, also made on Tuesday, that it has completed the formation of its planned Community Advisory Council. It will have the task of helping to “orient” Kickstarter’s “roadmap for future development”, it was stated in the announcement.

“Creators need to choose the platform that suits them best,” Bernyk added. Kickstarter is a project-based platform, and we understand that what works for one project may be different from another. Our goal is our mission, not market share. We are focused on ensuring that our platform best serves the thousands of creators who use it to bring their work to life. “

Backerkit has traditionally handled creators’ campaigns after Kickstarter, helped organize shipping, add-on products, community management and all kinds of bells and whistles that come with modern board game campaigns. Childres mentioned this perseverance and flexibility in supporting its customers as an important reason to make the change.

“We knew they were the right people to do this, because they are constantly renewing themselves,” Childres wrote. “They always are pay attention, review everything in the crowdfunding space to determine how to make their service as useful and streamlined as possible. ”

It is a feeling that seems to be reinforced by Backerkit’s own statement about its goals and processes.

“We are constantly amazed at the solutions creators come up with to engage with their existing supporters and connect with new ones,” Backerkit wrote in its announcement. “Creators deserve a platform that embraces these strategies, encourages exploration and builds tools that help creators adopt new technologies that prove effective. That’s why we believe in working closely with content creators, observing how they work, and listening to their feedback. We strives to ensure that your Crowdfunding experience of BackerKit gets better every time. ”

Crowdfunding of Backerkit will also include many more table companies. Its landing page contains an upcoming project from Elevated funeralLeather Games (Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile), Tuesday knight game (Mothership), and Greater Than Games (Sentinels of multiverse), among others.

Backerkit is not alone in its quest for table-based crowdfunding dollars. Series entrepreneur Marcin Śværkot, founder of the board game publisher Awaken Realmsrecently took its crowdfunding platform Game found ur beta. Its goal this year is 25% of Kickstarter’s table revenue for 2022, or $ 67.5 million, earned for table campaigns in 2023.

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