Reviews | Kickstarter scams are on the rise
With the popularity of Kickstarter as a method of funding creative endeavors, the ability of crooks to mislead potential funders increases.
Kickstarter quickly became one of the leading crowdfunding platforms on the internet.
For many different industries, it is a place where ideas once considered impossible to come true in major markets have found their way to reality. But with that increase comes a need for caution when deciding which projects people should donate to and which to avoid.
There is a good formula for knowing whether to donate to a kickstarter project. The first rule is to check the backgrounds of those who initiated the proposal. Projects like Blood stain had behind him top talent like Koji Igarashi, who had been a producer behind the success of Castlevania series. SuperHoThere was an entire prototype behind it, as it had been created in a competition.
Look up the backgrounds of those involved. If they have a good quality delivery line, then there is a good chance that your investment will pay off. Sadly, there are hiccups such as the ongoing debacle Citizen of the stars, but it is generally a solid rule to follow. Compare that to the people behind Imaginary world, that promise the most ambitious MMO ever, but i never even made a video game before.
A good second rule of thumb for Kickstarters is whether the project looks feasible. Citizen of the stars is a good example, as it suffers from what is commonly referred to in the industry as characteristic creep. As development has gone on, the game has grown more and more ambitious to the point that it will almost certainly never deliver on what is promised.
Little-known story is another kickstarter project that, upon reflection, had a lot of warning signs such as the team behind it announcing that they would be making a board game alongside the actual game instead of first creating the video game then the kickstarter.
The last thing to watch out for when deciding to fund a Kickstarter is the communication and reliability of the team behind the project. If the team has a tendency to fall short on their constant updating promises, are not very communicative on social media, or are difficult to reach, this should be a warning sign.
A combination of the above is a good formula for spotting a bad Kickstarter, such as the team lacking in communication, not letting people know what they plan to do and how, and if they haven’t. shipped an actual product before and promise something too good to be true.
If any of the above or a combination of them is true, chances are it is a Kickstarter that is not worth funding.
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