Last week, Kickstarter made a pretty terrible announcement: the crowdfunding platform would switch its services to the blockchainIt doesn’t have to go anywhere, but it still feels compelled by the lure of … something. Probably money.
In a rather optimistic blog post “Let’s Build What’s Next for Crowdfunding Creative Projects “, says Kickstarter,” that makes everything easier and more open! “Argument that blockchain / crypto / NFT stuff always works without ever being able to really explain why it is or how it is Improved existing experience (mainly because they can’t because do not do it).
The reaction was quick and negative. With many supporters and makers, the platform has long been on thin ice, especially since his anti-union efforts of 2019-20; This was viewed by many as the last straw, leading to a week of protests and complaints until Kickstarter was forced to respond today.
If you thought it was going to come in the form of an apology or a consideration for people’s feedback, well, lol.
That makes almost every condescending Techbr ticko Box imaginable. “Oh folks, what we do is right, you just don’t understand, so here is a FAQ“. Fuck off! The bottom line is youSerers don’t complain because they’re Luddites, they complain because they know exactly what’s wrong with blockchain stuff and don’t want a piece of it.
An example that will likely be most relevant to Kotaku Readers are creators of board games. “Kickstarter has always suffered from being the big fish, so they never felt the need to innovate or do their job well,” Tin Star Gameis Steve Dee told Dice breaker in response to the news. “Now that they are doing this, we personally do not want to participate in the ecological and ethical damage of working with cryptocurrency – but more importantly, our customers do not like them. “
Designers and publishers with games who are currently running fundraising campaigns have been left “blind” by the announcement, and many find themselves caught between the need to need funds to complete their project – with Kickstartit is by far the largest and most popular crowdfunding site—and personal opposition to Kickstarter’s decision, a conflict that will affect all campaigns running on the site in the future, Board games and more.
When you look at it all and wonder about Kickstarter alternatives, Game found has become an excellent place to test board game campaigns from both smaller developers and large publishers.