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Op Ed

GameFront - Why I'm Not Okay with the Penny Arcade Kickstarter.
But Penny Arcade doesn't need money from Kickstarter, or to crowdsource new projects. It simply would prefer to remove ads from its site for one year, at the cost of a huge amount of money. But itís choosing to gather that money not through usual business channels, but through Kickstarter ó and in a way, itís taking advantage of the Kickstarter culture and drawing away users who would potentially give funds to more needy projects.

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50. Re: Op Ed Jul 26, 2012, 09:56 Sepharo
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 09:50:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 20:50:
"Der der adblock..."

It's not just about removing the ads from the page it's about removing the need for ads from the business. They have two employees who do nothing but work on the ads. Because of the ads they need people to come to the actual site, this prevents them from doing things like putting the strip in the RSS feed.

This really isn't much different from a developer deciding they'd rather be funded by their fans than a publisher. "Oh then they should make a subscription system, or their own donation page..." but why? Kickstarter already exists and has the infrastructure and framework to handle this with rewards.

You make it sound like they're this poor little indy startup with no means.

They don't have a spare $350,000 sitting around. They're already working at capacity and have a store that sells everything it ought to sell. If they decide their business would be better if they didn't have to deal with ads where should they get the money from? They previously survived on reader donations... could that work again? Is there a site that could facilitate that with a system for rewarding those who donate higher amounts?
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