Oh the Humanity: History-Making Kickstarter Projects

Political candidates need enough votes to get into office, and when it comes to entrepreneurial ideas, platform Kickstarter helps candidates gain momentum and funds.  Of course, there are more hopefuls than ideas that actually get off the ground and accrue money to help with development, marketing, etc.

On the brighter side, some projects have made history, receiving more than enough support and financial stimulus.  Here are a number of the most notable.

Exploding Kittens

You may know blogger, Oatmeal, from his hilarious and comic strip-like posts.  He and two colleagues received over 200,000 backers for their card game, Exploding Kittens.  Apparently there are enough people who like the idea of custom playing cards featuring exploding kittens, laser beams, and (sometimes) goats, as described by the game’s creators.  Actually, the game gained enough support to acquire over $8 million!

Reading Rainbow

If you were a child in the eighties, you may remember LaVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow, which showcased childrens books in a unique way.  Due to nostalgia or the nation being in the wake of the No Child Left Behind Act, over 100,000 backers pledged millions of dollars to bring the literary show back in digital format, which will consist of interactive books and video field trips provided to classrooms around the world.

Veronica Mars

For those of you who are not familiar with the television series, Veronica Mars was a cult hit.  But fans wanted to see Veronica on the silver screen and pledged $5.7 million to make it happen.  It’s not often that television stars make the transition to the big screen, but with enough fans urging the sentiment, it was a go and a money-making film.

Double Fine

Tim Schafer took a break from making games since 1998, but over 87,000 backers supported the point-and-click adventure game.  It is made available for the Playstation 4, Android, and other consoles and mobile platforms.  It won a Game Award for Best Independent Game.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Developed by inXile Entertainment for Windows, OS X, and Linux, the game gained enough support within its first six hours via Kickstarter.  Taking place within a fantasy setting authored by Monte Cook, it is a story-driven game with more emphasis on character interaction than combat and the accumulation of needed items.

Pillars of Eternity

At the time, Pillars of Eternity was the highest-funded game crowdsourced via Kickstarter, raising over $4 million in September of 2012.  An RPG (role playing game), it was published by Paradox Interactive and released in March of 2015.  It follows from the series Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch

E-watches are coming into existence and this particular model is customizable, so wearers can change the face in addition to downloading fitness apps, etc.  The watch received over $10 million in revenue via 68,900 backers.

From exploding kitten cards to the next RPG hit, Kickstarter is a people-driven method of getting to know if there is enough interest to vindicate new entrepreneurial pursuits.

Gayle H. Carter is a project manager. She loves to share her insights on the internet. Her articles are found on many business and marketing websites.