This Wednesday: Learn to Crowdfund Your Game at IGDA OTT
|IDGA Ottawa Crowdfunding for Games|
One of the judges, Code Cubitt of Mistral Venture Partners, cautioned the participants not to rely too heavily on crowd-funding as a chief source of funding. He explained that successful crowd-funding campaigns can be incredibly expensive to run, and that some companies invest in crowd efforts primarily as marketing campaigns to generate additional buzz about their apps. In fact, he told a couple of stories about companies who were already well funded before they ran their Kickstarters, injecting upwards of $150,000 into their campaigns; a reality that most start-ups just don't live.
However, if you have a new app or game that you feel is destined for crowd-funding greatness (especially since KickStarter has recently come to Canada), then you might be interested in a free workshop Wednesday evening by the Ottawa Chapter of the International Game Developers Association.
Crowdfunding for Games will be a panel discussion and networking event with individuals from various startups that have successfully funded their games using crowd platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. The panel includes:
- Daniel Crenna from Conatus Creative (Raised over $217K CAD for River City Ransom: Underground with Kickstarter)
- Kelly Liu from UrbanQuest (Raised over $14K CAD for Epic Quest with Indiegogo)
- Sylvain Rochon from Sylien Games (Raised over $33K for Tradewars Rising with Kickstarter)
- Nicolas Najm from Snowed in Studios (Windforge with Kickstarter)
- Carla De Ciccio - Panel Moderator, Blacksumac (Raised over $300K USD for Piper with Indiegogo)
The panelists will explain their experiences and offer advice about running a campaign. What better way to plan for your campaign (or even decide if you should run one), than to hear from four local people who have been through it? And the best part is that the event is free! It runs from 6:30-8:30pm at Adobe on Preston. Check out the Eventbrite to RSVP and for full details.