So here’s something I had no idea about up until now. There was a crowdsourcing website, similar to Kickstarter, known as ‘Fig’ that has just now recently shut down and is no more. These are usually a dime a dozen however the reason this one is of particular note is that it helped fund some pretty big games such as Psychonauts 2 and Homeworld 3.
The main difference between Fig and other crowdsourcing websites is that Fig worked a bit more like an investment platform where if you put in enough money to a project you could potentially see a return of investment in what you originally invested in rather than just getting perks or a copy of a game. This of course made it much more appealing to those who wanted to invest larger sums in a games’ development and thus it shutting down is a huge blow to those in more mainstream game development. It also seemed as though this was rather sudden as many companies that used the site just barely got noted this was shutting down.
The shut down is most likely due to the fact that the wesbite was recently acquired by ‘Republic’, a private investment company and as such they have moved all the projects originally on Fig to their own site which makes sense. Still it’s a strange move and hopefully this doesn’t mess up any potential big games that are currently still in development and receiving private investment!
That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.