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Op Ed

Gamasutra - Black Isle is a great case study in how to NOT crowdfund your game.
Even if you decide to look past all of this shadiness, it's pretty impossible not to raise a critical eyelid at the crowdfunding scheme itself.

Where it has become common practice to offer backer rewards for those putting funding toward your game, Black Isle has decided this isn't necessary. If you pledge $10, you'll be granted access to a special Black Isle forum. If you put down $20, they'll even let you post on the forum.

There is no way to receive a copy of the game by pledging -- even if you decide to put down $10,000 -- because the money isn't actually going towards a game at all. In fact, the money will be used to build a prototype, which Black Isle will then show to investors in the hope of gathering up moolah elsewhere.

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16. Re: Op Ed Dec 23, 2012, 19:03 Dev
 
Hilariously, $10 only gets you super secret forum access thats READ ONLY.
You have to give them $20 if you actually want to post there.

The Half Elf wrote on Dec 23, 2012, 18:59:
I thought this was interesting as well

Forbes info
Thanks for the link!
BTW, that titus mentioned there I believe was that french company that bought out interplay and subsequently failed under Caen's leadersihp, if I remember right.

Speaking in general now, not to a specific comment:
As I recall, the total they spent on fallout MMO development over the 4 years in question from the contract was something less than $1 million, out of the $30 million they were contractually obligated to in order to keep the fallout MMO IP. And I recall at least part of that time where it was less than Caen's salary, much less his salary and inflated bonuses. Didn't he end up having to take a paycut, and then firing all the executives, and hiring his brother as an executive so he could still siphon a nice chunk of change from interplay's corpse?

I documented a bunch of this a long time ago on blues, complete with source links. Maybe I should go dig it up.

This comment was edited on Dec 23, 2012, 19:10.
 
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