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Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock

Develop has news that Frontier Developments acquired software and IT consultancy Professional Practice Automation on Tuesday in a deal worth 5.09m, a deal which, besides the other assets of the company, also includes the rights to the Elite franchise, as Frontier is currently developing Elite Dangerous, a crowd-funded new installment in the space combat series. They also report that Frontier founder David Braben now plans to sell up to 1.6m shares in Frontier Developments, which they say represents a little over five percent of the company. Besides holding the Elite rights, Develop says PPA develops software "currently in use on thousands of seats across accountancy practices in the UK."

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25. Re: Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock Apr 17, 2014, 20:27 Sho
Zyrxil wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 18:44:
I don't think you understand how the world works. The people/companies doing Kickstarters are not broke hobos with 0 assets and an idea. They are people with jobs, and (hopefully) plenty of development experience. The broke hobos with an idea and nothing else are exactly the people you shouldn't be funding. Frontier Developments has 210 employees and plenty of published games on their resume. While not a huge AAA studio, it's safe to say they have some cash. They did the Kickstarter because they can't risk their survival by completely self funding a $1.5 million+ project with no guarantee of a return. People who live in nice homes and have employees depending on them not to fuck the company up don't do business that way.

This. I get really annoyed every time "but they have money, why did they go to Kickstarter?!" comes up in a thread. Kickstarter isn't (just) for beggers. From a business perspective you want your projects to be financially sound independent of context, and spread the risk instead of having to spend/gamble your own last penny every time. I don't want creators to have to live like that anyway. And as a frequent backer, as long as campaigns are upfront about how they intend to use the money so I can make an informed decision, I have no qualms about investing independently of what else they have going on financially if I like the pitch.
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