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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.

51. Re: Op Ed Jul 26, 2012, 10:32 Verno
Sepharo wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 09:56:
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?

I can think of several places they could get money given that they already run a successful business and two world renowned international expos but I'm sure the answer will be "well they wanna do it this way to interact with their fans directly!" or something. Kickstarter (even the name implies startups btw) has been pretty careful to avoid using the word donation in relation to the service. In fact the whole thing is a bit confusing because this sort of thing seems outside the scope of the service:

We know there are a lot of great projects that fall outside of our scope, but Kickstarter is not a place for soliciting donations to causes, charity projects, or general business expenses. Learn more about our project guidelines.

But whatever, Kickstarter has decided to allow it so the rest of us will just have to live with that. I thought it was all about new ideas, interesting projects that couldn't obtain funds through traditional methods and so on. Maybe that's my bad for misinterpreting the intent, if so then fair enough. I likely will just not fund anything through Kickstarter in the future and instead opt to support projects directly.

This comment was edited on Jul 26, 2012, 10:41.
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