This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
Five years ago, they published the first issue of Kill Screen thanks to a successful Kickstarter. Independent games had begun to break into the mainstream, with Braid and then Limbo proving that small teams could make financially successful games that at once simplified and expanded the possibilities of gaming. They wanted to expose the innovation they saw making its way into the mainstream and treat games like any other art, colliding them with film and music and design. That is why you’ll see that their new magazine is changing visually, with a sleeker design, cleaner image, and a more personable, grown up feel.
So on just six thousand dollars that they raised on Kickstarter, they produced 9 issues of their magazine, helped launch the careers of many fantastic game writers, published a daily website that has consistently pushed the boundaries of game criticism, and put on three conferences that have thrown the relationship between games and culture into stark relief. They are now back on Kickstarter to reinvent their current magazine: to be much bigger, bolder, and better looking than ever before. Kill Screen is back on Kickstarter because they owe so much to the success of their first project.
Without their initial successful Kickstarter and this amazing community, they would not have been able to publish their magazine or build their company into what it is today. They remain an independent publication, and they want to stay that way. So it’s up to this Kickstarter and their lovely supporters to make this revamp a reality–– if the project isn’t funded, they won’t be able to make this happen.
As of December 2nd, this project has raised around $68,500 of their $68,000 goal. This project only has 6 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $5, you will get a digital issue of their magazine. For a pledge of $25, you will get a print issue of their magazine. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/killscreen/help-kill-screen-reinvent-their-magazine