Geek Native has taken a look at the figures shared by ICO this week, and we can see that tabletop games on Kickstarter fund twice as often as they fail to fund in the first half (H1) of 2019. This is the first time this has happened in since ICO’s data began. In fact, at the beginning (2012), tabletop games were more likely to fail than fund.
In the first half of 2019, 1,321 tabletop games hit their funding goals compared to 605 who didn’t make. Having a Kickstarter fail on you is soul-destroying. Sorry if we’re rubbing salt into the wounds.
There were more tabletop games funded in Kickstarter this half-year than any half-year before now. The previous record was the second-half of 2018 which say 1,272 games cross the finishing line.
While the number of Kickstarters funding has increased, albeit slightly, the number of campaigns that fell short has dropped. In H2 of 2018, 744 projects didn’t make it, but in the first half of 2019, there were only 605. That’s enough to take us over the 2:1 ratio.
The total amount of money raised is down, slightly, and in keeping with trend. $80,474,652 was collected in the first half of this year compared to $85,464,874 in the last half of the year before.
However, H2 usually outperforms H1 when it comes to totals, as we can see here.
ICO’s research also points out that all tiers of Kickstarters except the $500,000 raised did better. It’s the top tier, a lack of mega-successes, that impacted 2019’s figures so far.
76% of all the tabletop games projects raise money in USD, with 5% using GBP and 13% the Euro.
In their wrap up, ICO concludes a that strong finish to 2019 is likely. We still have Gen Con and Essen to come.
ICO Partners are helping to promote the party game Reigns
Are you still spending and pledging as much on Kickstarter as you were last year? Any plans to slow down or to be more generous?