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More on "Kicking it Forward"

An update to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Page has more from inXile entertainment's Brian Fargo on his recent suggestion that developers who successfully fund their games through Kickstarter find a way to share their largess. He points the way to a new Kicking It Forward Website which outlines the proposal. Here's a segment:

Any developer that puts the "Kicking it Forward" badge on their Kickstarter project page is agreeing that they will put 5% of their finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects. To be abundantly clear, this is only money that the developer earns as profit AFTER the project ships and AFTER they have paid their expenses. This is NOT a suggestion to invest money they received from people who invested into their project via Kickstarter.

Once a project in this program has become profitable, the developer is going to spend this 5% profit, which is their own money, on whatever Kickstarter projects they want to support. They can determine unilaterally who they want to give it to and when. Neither myself nor a committee is going to tell successful developers what projects to invest in. Ultimately, this is an honor system at the end of the day. No one is going to audit their books to make sure they complied. In many ways Kickstarter is an honor system too, so this is no different. Of course some unscrupulous developer may not follow through with their promise but I believe the development community sticks together.

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1. Re: More on "Kicking it Forward" Mar 23, 2012, 11:16 ASeven
 
This is why Kickstarter is awesome and game industry changing, not because of kickstarter itself but because the amount of good will it generated and its amazing business model would eventually lead to more awesome business models like this one to be born.

This is a bright new change for the gaming industry and if it succeeds, which I hope it does, it does guarantee the industry survives even if there's a major crash on the publishers side which I believe will happen. This ensures the viability of the industry no matter what happens.
 
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