E3 2012: Game-only crowdfunding platform opens doors

E3 2012: Game-only crowdfunding platform opens doors
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

June 5th 2012 at 6:16PM

Developers encouraged to submit proposals as Gambitious funding model readies for summer launch

A new games-specific equity-based crowdfunding platform has made a call for developers to submit proposals.

Gambitious is pitched as the first professional crowd funding platform exclusively dedicated to the games industry, and has now joined forces with a group of developers and publisher Mastertronic.

The platform, hailing from Holland, offers a hybrid model where both consumer donations and equity investment can be directed towards a given project. At E3 2012 Gambitious has asked developers established and newly-formed to prepare proposals.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to be working with guys who have been championing and empowering independent game developers for so long, as we all see the crowdfunding opportunity as something that, if handled properly, could truly change the industry for indies of all sizes," said Paul Hanraets, Gambitious co-founder.

The platform will cover funding across both the United States and the European Union, and will let developers indicate how much capital is required to fund a project, and the amount of equity in the project offered in return.

“In February, Tim Schafer and Double Fine proved to the world that crowdfunding for games is very real and that fans can choose the games they want to be made by funding them directly. As far as my partners and I are concerned, this represents the biggest opportunity independent developers have ever had to truly control their own creative and financial destiny, but it has to be handled with care if it is to last,” said Mike Wilson, who along with his longtime partner Harry Miller, recently became a partner in Gambitious.

“I am truly honored to be part of the team that will work to legitimise, protect, and maximise this opportunity for professional game developers, their fans, and a new army of individual investors out there. “

Kickstarter is currently the darling of the crowdfunding model, but is not specific to games.

For more on submitting a proposal to Gambitious, visit the official website.