One of the more exciting trends that has developed in the last 5 years is the adoption of crowd funding for niche programming. Between the costs of production declining, the increasing in the number of places where you can broadcast and access to capital to those who have proven their worth to a wider community, we are seeing an explosion in the diversity of content that is being produced both on film, but also in the video game realm. It used to be that a talented programmer’s only choice for distribution was to partner with the larger distributors, but many are now inventing games that they own and are finding success doing so.
In an effort to document this phenomenon, Studio Bento took to Kickstarter in order to fund Game Loading, Rise of the Indies, a documentary on indie game developers. With less than 3 days to spare, they hit their goal of $50,000 thanks to the support of over 1,000 different individuals. With the average donation being slightly over $50 a piece, it once again proves that it doesn’t take millions in order to fund creative endeavors that you might be interested in. We can’t wait for the documentary to come out, we just hope in the ending, they leave room for the sequel 🙂