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Valve thinks only 60% of funded Kickstarters games "will actually launch"
Posted: 30.09.2012 17:06 by Comments: 4
Valve certainly doesn't shy away from attacking the competition. While Gabe Newell has blasted Windows 8 in part due to its integrated Microsoft Store, which directly competes with Steam, Chet Faliszek has declared that only 60% of Kickstarter projects that have been funded will ever be released.

Faliszek stated in an interview, “I’ve funded a lot of things on Kickstarter. I figure 60% of these projects will actually create something by the end, and I’m fine with that. It’s going to be interesting for projects that take a long time, for teams that aren’t as experienced, seeing what people think, and to see what’s going to happen two or three years from now.”

“Are they actually going to deliver and come through with it? So yeah, that will be interesting to see. But I do hope that it maintains being a viable way, because I love being able to see people saying, ‘yeah, I’m just going to do this project,’” he added.

He went on to promote Steam Workshop as a viable option for aspiring developers to work on their craft.

“You can make things in Steam Workshop. People laugh when I say that, but it’s like, people have earned six-figure incomes by doing that. We’ve given millions of dollars to people, so that’s a viable way to go about getting into the games industry.”

“Then of course the indie scene – what’s happening there right now is powerful, because it’s giving so many people opportunities, and fuelling more people to do that."


Faliszek also stated that Steam Greenlight came to be because the company was getting "backlogged with requests" and decided to let fans decide which games to be put on Steam.

“If someone wants to be on Steam they can say, ‘hey guys check this game out, it really should be on Steam, it’s awesome.’ We’re always going to be missing things when people aren’t submitting their games but should be, so Greenlight just makes it a very open choice as it’s the community that decides,” he related.
Source: VG247

Comments

By Maffia01 (SI Member) on Sep 30, 2012
Maffia01
TBH I'm fairly sure that sooner or later a big kickstarter isn't going to see the light of day, and there are going to be some very angry people that haven't properly appreciated what they are getting into.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 30, 2012
JonahFalcon
I seriously doubt that. Most Kickstarter projects are games that are already in mid-development.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 30, 2012
herodotus
I don't think Gabe really has anything to be concerned about with the Microsoft Store. Steam is just too well rooted in PC/Mac gamer's way of purchasing and playing, despite the heavy price-gouging they persist in engaging in.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 01, 2012
nocutius
It's bound to happen eventually, but that percentage might be a quite a bit biased.