Successful Kickstarter devs 'should reinvest profits'

Five per cent of earnings should go towards other crowd-funding projects, says Brian Fargo
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Successful Kickstarter devs should donate five per cent of their profits to other crowd-funded projects, says InXile director Brian Fargo.

Speaking on its Wasteland 2 Kickstarter page, he said that the website could be harnessed in a much more meaningful way, and proposed a new ‘Kick it Forward’ scheme to help developers reach their funding targets.

He explained that money would not come from money donated by backers, but rather from profits after a project had been finalised and shipped.

"lt it occurs to me that we can harness the power of Kickstarter in a more meaningful way,” said Fargo.

“I am tentatively calling this ‘Kick It Forward’ and I will be the first to agree to it. In fact, I will have our artists create a badge that goes on all Kickstarter projects that agree to support this initiative.

“Imagine the potential if another Minecraft comes along via Kickstarter and produces millions of dollars of investment into other developers. This economic payback will continue to grow the movement way beyond the current system. I hope others will join me with this idea and make this a true shakeup.”

InXile’s Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has so far raised $1.4 million at the time of writing, smashing its $900k target with 25 days left to go.