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Op Ed

Destructoid - Publishers accused of trying to exploit Kickstarter.
"We were actually contacted by some publishers over the last few months that wanted to use us to do a Kickstarter," he revealed on his team's own KS page. "I said to them 'So, you want us to do a Kickstarter for, using our name, we then get the Kickstarter money to make the game, you then publish the game, but we then don't get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits.'

"They said, 'Yes'."

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13. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2012, 13:05 Creston
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 12:22:
Creston wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 11:39:
It seems some publishers are starting to run a little scared. That's right, boys. Your days of just releasing shitty shovelware ports after shitty shovelware ports are coming to an end.

Soon you'll actually have to release good games, or go out of business. I can't wait until all you worthless fucking vultures are gone.


No it's not. Just like reality TV and fast food most of the masses only want the shovelware. These kickstarters so far are blip on the radar for the publishers. You can obviously see them doing something like this not because they're scared but because they're greedy, immoral pigs. No, my friend, so long as most of humanity is much the same, they and those like them will always be around. However, that's not to say those of us walking the different path can't have ours.

Publishers like Activision and EA and 2K and Zenimax aren't worried about Kickstarter. They have the big games that can ONLY be done through their budgets, and they know they will sell millions.

But what about the smaller publishers? The likes of the (fortunately deceased) JoWood? Who could get smaller games going by offering to fund them where nobody else would, then release them long before they were ready, with the publisher's stupid artificial limitations and inane wants/needs baked in.

THOSE guys are going to start noticing their candidates drying up, probably sooner rather than later. Why get 3 million bucks from ShitHouse publishing when you can get a good Kickstarter and wind up with maybe 66% of that money, but have total freedom and no horseshit publisher demands like "Geena from accounting wants more talking shrubbery in your realistic military shooter. Get that implemented by next week!"

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