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Jeff Vogel's The Bottom Feeder: The Indie Bubble Is Popping.
So what this grumpy old fart is saying is that there are Issues. They should be discussed. There are new obstacles that should be planned for and forces you may blame for your problems that, in fact, you shouldn’t. If you are a green developer, face these facts, or I believe destruction awaits.

GamesIndustry International - Kickstarter can't just be funding for newcomers.
In place of these ideas, it would be beneficial to promote a view of crowdfunding which focuses on its potential to give life to projects that simply can't find funding without the market making a clear commitment to their commercial success. That's an important thing regardless of the finances or industry status of the creators involved or the publishers in the background. If you love a game, a franchise or a genre that falls within a niche so narrow that it simply can't attract traditional funding - a trap into which a great many games over the years have fallen - then crowdfunding offers you a chance to show your willingness to buy new games in that niche in the only way that actually matters. That's the true value of the platform; if it becomes either a misguided shopping mall for non-existent pipe dreams or a hipster haven for unknowns and newcomers, it will entirely miss out on that extraordinary potential.

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