The world of gaming and investments are about to collide, as the crowdfunding website Fig is made by gamemakers for gamemakers and gamers as well, who wish to buy stakes in future videogames developed by independent studios.
Now is a time when small-time or indie studios have an open window of opportunity to get their creations out into the world, and enrich the community with wonderful gameplay and designs that might’ve otherwise gone unnoticed.
There is a vastly populated place out there of wonderfully created graphics, storylines and characters that most will never know of due to budget limitations on the company’s part.
Fig, however, is looking to fix that issue, by carefully building a bridge meant to close the gap between game producers and fans, exclusively done for videogames. With successful mentors such as Obisidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment and Double Fine Productions, the crowdfunding website is looking forward to future success.
The trio have already earned millions on Kickstarter, along with experience that could help the new up-and-comer make its way into the market as a profitable and highly successful platform. Fans of the games will have the opportunity to help and invest until they can make sure that their favorites make their way onto the virtual shelves, at the very least.
So far, Fig has received investments from Spark Capital, a venture capital firm who has been known to make similar deals with high-end companies such as Oculus, Twitter and Slack.
They have the funding, they have the advisors, they have their market, and, now, they have their first game.
As it’s breakout into the market, Fig will be featuring “Outer Wilds”, a game developed by Mobius Digital, which is founded by actor Masi Oka, best known for his roles in hit series like Heroes or Hawaii Five-0. The game has been described as being the narrative adventure of backpacking through space that will be stimulating to astrophysicists, and has already won awards at the 2015 edition of the Independent Games Festival (IGF).
Mobius Digital is looking to reach $125,000 of investments in order to travel from alpha testing to the final version, and Fig is aiming to provide much needed help. In fact, so far, the game has earned over $50,000 and has 30 more days to go in order to reach its target.
Similar to Kickstarter, Fig will apply the ‘all or nothing’ strategy as well. If the goal is not touched within the given time, all investors will be getting their money back. For now, Fig is only open to investors who are accredited financiers, but the option will be much less restrictive in the future and will open up to fans of the games.
The crowdfunding website will also feature just one or a maximum of two games at a time, so the focus will be solely concentrated on a small number of goals that could prove to be more successful when offered undivided attention.
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