Almost $900,000 Ploughed Into UK Kickstarter Projects In First Week

The recently launched UK wing of Kickstarter seems to be doing pretty well for itself, with the money-raising site claiming to have taken pledges for well over half a million quid, or roughly $897,000 in the local currency, during its first week of punting projects to the UK audience.

The biggest star of the UK Kickstarter scene by quite a margin is the Elite: Dangerous project, which sees David Braben, the co-creator of the classic space gaming franchise, asking for £1.25m to fund a new title in the series. That one's currently taken £365,000 in pledges, so is clearly dwarfing everything else in terms of ambition and money pledged thus far from UK backers.

And gaming’s clearly the way to go in these early days, with innovative indie shooter Sir, You Are Being Hunted also doing well for itself both in terms of grabbing headlines and raking in the cash. It’s doing much, much better than weird plays about pigeons, for example.

Now that we've seen it's successful in the UK, how about Australia, Kickstarter? Hop to it, then. [Kickstarter]

Luke Hopewell also contributed to this article.

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    ELITE 4

    I just pooped a little. Reaching for my wallet now, pledge in 3, 2, 1... is the Aussie answer to kickstarter.

    Take my money Braben. - Just don't let anyone force you into releasing a buggy mess - Frontier: First Encounters I'm looking at you!

    Disappointing though, that you don't have any other payment options apart from Kickstarter payments, who charge $1 to your CC to authorise payment.

    The guys from 'Sir, You Are Being Hunted' had to setup a separate site for those of us who wanted to help fund the game, but didn't want to use Kickstarter as the payment method.

    Ive participated in over a dozen KS campaigns and have always been pleased with the Amazon payment.

    I would have thought at least PayPal ?


    yesterday I first learned about Star Citizen, which to my uninformed view seems to be very similar to this. if you believe that website, Star Citizen is approaching USD3.5m in funding. it's a very similar idea; legendary game developer of yore seeks crowd sourced funds to make an 'immersive' space sim for the new millennium.

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