13 January 2017
Just over half of projects successfully funded
Tabletop projects made nearly four times as much as video games on Kickstarter during 2016, bringing in an impressive total of $113 million (£93m), according to the crowdfunding site.
The figure represents a jump of close to a third (28%) on the previous year; tabletop campaigns raised $90 million (£74m) in 2015.
In contrast, video game pledges came to ‘just’ $29 million (£24m) in 2016, bringing the total amount of money gathered by the combined games category to $142 million (£116m) across nearly 7,000 different projects.
Despite this, only around 2,600 of all the games launched on Kickstarter managed to make their initial funding target – a success rate of around 37%.
This proportion was brought down by video games, with more than half (55%) of tabletop projects passing their goal.
Last year’s biggest tabletop success story was Dark Souls: The Board Game, which raised £3,771,474 in May.
This has already been surpassed this year by Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5’s record-breaking $12,393,139 ($10,145,006), which also made it the most funded Kickstarter game of all time, ahead of Exploding Kittens, which made $8,782,571 (£7,189,400) back in February 2015.