Obsidian Entertainment says major publishers want to exploit Kickstarter
According to Obsidian Entertainment, major big name gaming publishers and companies have been recently trying to exploit the Kickstarter system.
They state they have been contacted several times over the past several months from big name publishers who wanted the company to operate Kickstarter projects for them. This was during the same period as the company themselves was preparing and having their own Kickstarter for Project Eternity which ended up being a success.
The only catch was if they accepted then several restrictions would be placed such as the project couldn't be revealed as being from the publisher, the refusal to fund any of their money to the project, complete ownership of the IP, and the majority of revenues if the project was successful.
Yeah this all sounds rather...fishy.
I find it ironic that "The 15 Biggest WTF Moments in Gaming" was suggested to me under this blog entry. I think this needs to go on that list.
It would be just insane accept that and they would burn kickstarter too when they get caught.
I disapprove of this
My money is on EA just to get as many IPs as they can and just keep them internally developed.
Distribution rights, if the game is going to be released on consoles and have physical copies for PC it needs a distributor. Valve developed and published The Orange Box on 360 but EA was the distributor.
If we already funded it, what point is there for a publisher? They're asking for free money and IPs from devs. Wonder what they're smoking...
No developer would agree to that, it's self-defeating. I would love to hear the follow up to:
"...but we then don’t get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits” They said, “Yes”."
"Ahem, and.. uhh... why would we do that?"
Down with publishers - they've been entrenched for too long and now their business model is flaking apart while doing anything to maintain the upper hand. Obsidian should whistle-blow this and say who actually did it, customers and the-more-honest publishers would applaud it
http://thecostofknowledge.com/ is trying to take a stab at another big publisher with a stranglehold on academia, check it out if you are tied to R&D
so basically the publishers want to maximise profits. understandable. but thats the most underhand way possible, for example what if the double fine adventure kickstarter is secretly run by ea? nobody would go for it anymore.
EA immediately came to mind when I read the article.
Nah. I have something better. Fund the next Mega Man game! Game is funded, turns out to be a Mega Man X Over sequel.
Aaaaaand here comes that bad part about our expression of direct demand. These publishers will always find a way to take their pound of flesh.
I could see Capcom starting a kickstarter to fund the on disc dlc for some of their games
So basically Publlishers, whose job it is to fund, advertise and sell games for developers nin return for a majority cut of the profit and complete ownership of their creations, wants us to give them money through kickstarter, essentially doing their part of the job for them?
It's like telling a kid, "Get some money from your friends to go buy candy for everyone, except you keep that money. I'll give you lots more to get the candy except when you get back, I'll punch you in the face, take the candy and then take the money." And they wonder why it didn't work.
Not enough facepalms in the world for this screwball idea.
Lemme guess...EA...Activision...and...Zynga. Yeah. Seems legit.
Capcom and Ubisoft are also big publishers but I don't think they'll go THAT far.
I took this for granted... it was only a matter of time till someone outed them. It makes sense for publishers from a business standpoint. Why take a risk & cost of developing a new IP yourself when you can get other people to pay for it no strings attached. Its all the profit without any of the risk or cost. They are able to offload the expenses and risks onto the public & Developers completely, It's essentially free no risk development from their standpoint,
"Hey, you know that thing you're doing? How would you like to do that same thing, but make less money, and lose your IP?"
I wonder why that didn't take off...