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PayPal policy change to reduce crowdfunding headaches 1
by Kris Ligman [09.13.13]
In the wake of outcry over frozen account funds from crowdfunding campaigns, PayPal has announced it will be revisiting its risk management policies to better take into account alternative funding.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Reminder: GDC 2014 call for submissions closes today!  
by Staff [08.29.13]
The call for proposals for Main Conference talks, roundtables and panel sessions for the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA ends today (8/29). Don't miss the deadline!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Microconsole, Alternative Funding, Crowdfunding

Doubts cast on funding for Ouya's Free the Games recipients 16
by Kris Ligman [08.27.13]
Ouya has announced its first two successfully funded Free the Games awardees, Gridiron Thunder and Elementary, My Dear Holmes. However, questions have been raised concerning the legitimacy of the games' crowdfunding efforts.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Microconsole, Crowdfunding

GDC Europe 2013 breaks attendance records, returns next year  
by Staff [08.26.13]
Attendance for this year's GDC Europe hit an all-time high of 2,250 this year, with more than 25 countries sending more than 10 attendees - it'll return to Cologne, Germany, August 11-13, 2014.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Microconsole, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Postmortem of a 180%-funded indie Kickstarter 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.23.13]
Matt Hackett writes what went right and wrong in his Kickstarter campaign -- how it ended up wildly exceeding its (small) goal, but also how confused messaging got in the way of going further.
Crowdfunding, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2013: All of Gamasutra's Coverage, Right Here!  
by Staff [08.19.13]
Gamasutra will be covering GDC Europe 2013 on site from Cologne, Germany. Follow all of our live reporting on our special event page, all week long.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Microconsole, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2013 reminder on next week's packed session line-up  
by Staff [08.15.13]
With GDC Europe 2013 in Cologne less than a week away and the session schedule finalized, organizers have gathered a collection of can't-miss sessions for the event.
Crowdfunding, Microconsole, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Kickstarter: 'Stretch goals muddy the waters' 21
by Kris Ligman [08.13.13]
"We've seen stretch goals leave some projects overwhelmed, over-budget, and behind schedule," says Kickstarter, encouraging devs to consider other ways to propel a project past its funding target.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Business/Marketing

Western RPG with Japanese flavor headed for big Kickstarter success 18
by Kris Ligman [08.13.13]
"Project Phoenix" bills itself as Kickstarter's first Japan-based games project and comes stocked with international industry talent. And it's already demolished its original funding target.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Letter From The IGF Chairman: Welcome To Our 2014 Festival  
by Staff [08.08.13]
As the Independent Games Festival opens for the 16th year, longstanding Chairman Brandon Boyer explains the rule changes and expectations for this year's much-awaited indie game showcase.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GD Mag, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter officially opens to Canada 1
by Kris Ligman [08.05.13]
The wait is over. Canadian developers can now start directly building projects with popular crowdfunding venue Kickstarter, with the first projects going live September 9th.
Crowdfunding, Business/Marketing

Alternative funding for games: Don't miss our extensive coverage 2
by Kris Graft [08.05.13]
Last week marked our first themed week, and we covered something we feel is important to much of our readership: funding your video game using alternative means. Here are some highlights.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding

How Execution Labs puts Canadian independents on the fast track Exclusive  
by Kris Ligman [08.01.13]
In November 2012, industry veteran Jason Della Rocca set out to establish a new kind of games incubator program in Montreal. Gamasutra catches up with Della Rocca to hear how Execution Lab's new teams are doing.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

eSports, 'next gaming decade,' and China talks added to GDC Next  
by Staff [07.31.13]
GDC Next organizers have announced talks by veteran Starr Long on 'Nine Trends For The Next Decade Of Video Games', ESL organizers on the eSports ecosystem, and Niko Partners's market research on China and Southeast Asia.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next, Crowdfunding

A quick guide to funding options for indies 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.13]
You're an independent developer. You need funding. How do you go about it? This quick, effective guide from game biz vet Jason Della Rocca lays out your options.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Beyond Kickstarter: Three game devs who crowdfunded on their own Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [07.31.13]
There are possibilities for crowdfunding outside of Kickstarter. Numerous studios are having a crack at their own crowdfunding initiatives, ditching Kickstarter in favor of going it alone.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Q&A: Equity crowdfunding - is it right for your game? Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [07.30.13]
Equity crowdfunding is an interesting concept that turns pledgers into actual investors. But it's still a legal minefield that requires careful consideration before jumping in.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

When players buy your game before it's done: Expert tips on alpha funding Exclusive 5
by Mike Rose [07.30.13]
Minecraft made alpha funding viable -- but what do you need to know before you pursue it? Gamasutra speaks to Markus "Notch" Persson, DayZ's Dean Hall, and others.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Getting started with Kickstarter  
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.13]
Before you get started on your campaign, there are plenty of things to consider. This list breaks down the basics in an easily digestible format, offering tips to Kickstarter beginners.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: A strategic approach to crowdfunding on Kickstarter  
by Staff [07.29.13]
Kickstarter's Cindy Au joins Julie Coniglio of game developer Awkward Hug to discuss advice on creating an effective crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding, Alternative Funding, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video