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The backer-developer connection : exploring crowdfunding’s influence on video game production

Smith, AN

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As video game development studios increasingly turn to digital crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter for financing, this article explores the ways in which these processes shape production. It examines in particular the interactions that typically occur between studios and players as part of crowdfunded development, analysing the ways in which these activities inform aspects of video game design. By charting the implications of this burgeoning economic model, the article contributes to scholarship concerning video game production, and intervenes within more specific discussions concerning the role of the player within development. The article’s case study, which draws from evidence of production concerning multiple Kickstarter projects, is organised into two sections. The first ascertains the degrees to which Kickstarter users can influence the details of a proposed project during a crowdfunding campaign; the second looks at how developers involve crowdfunding communities within production once funding is secured.

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Smith, A. (2015). The backer-developer connection : exploring crowdfunding’s influence on video game production. New Media and Society, 17(2), 198-214. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444814558910

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 24, 2014
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
Journal New Media and Society
Print ISSN 1461-4448
Electronic ISSN 1461-7315
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 198-214
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444814558910
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444814558910
Related Public URLs http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200834

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