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Justin Bailey And Crew Launch New Crowdfunding Platform, Fig

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Crowdfunding has been all the rage nowadays, with more and more games being funded via Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Fig, a new crowdfunding platform created by former Double Fine employee Justin Bailey, seems to be bringing something new to the table.

Ran by himself, Brian Fargo, Feargus Urquhart, and Tim Schafer, Fig aims to get backers more involved in the development process by allowing the chance for them to become investors.

Backers can now see the money they’ve put into the game grow, and can actually get more cash in return. The catch is that you’ll need to invest at least 1000 dollars into a project.

Campaigns will be chosen through an application process that will be reviewed by the staff and advisory board. They will then decide if the project is worth featuring on their site or not.

As of now, there are only two projects allowed per month, but that should change in the near future, according to the site.

Fig currently has a campaign for Outer Wilds, which you can learn about more on their project page.

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29 comments
  1. Grey
    Grey
    August 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    If anyone trust Double Fine to responsibly manage money in any capacity at this point, they desperately need to reexamine the companies track record in crowd funded projects.

  2. Jeremiah Simpson
    Jeremiah Simpson
    August 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    >Trusting Tim Schafer with money

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  3. Kobeer Namtab
    Kobeer Namtab
    August 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Trusting someone to do right with your money when they couldn’t do right with your own. This is a sane and good idea.

  4. Tin o Beans
    Tin o Beans
    August 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    “Games are vetted for inclusion on the platform based on factors vital to both successful game development and successful crowdfunding by Fig’s staff and its advisory board.”

    Translation: If your game doesn’t have POC, LBGTXYZ and a strong social message, we will not accept it.

  5. Nagato
    Nagato
    August 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    A heavily curated crowdfunding platform, where its owners not only help themselves to 8% of your total fundings – which is the same as Kickstarter – but also take 5% of whatever your game goes on to make in perpetuity?

    They can fuck right off.

  6. wombat
    wombat
    August 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I assume that site will just be filled with walking simulators.

  7. ConnorORT
    ConnorORT
    August 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I generally try not to be overly negative about new technology or business models (for instance I am mega excited for VR, which some big names don’t believe in) but I don’t see how this is a step forward for the industry or for small/indie developers.

  8. Fatman
    Fatman
    August 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    HAHAHAHA, nope, no, nein. Giving money to Schafer is the exact opposite of an investment,

    Also, wasn’t Justin Bailey the password to get samus in a leotard?

  9. Fatman
    Fatman
    August 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Hell, if a game is good enough I think a lot of us could overlook the social pandering, yet those kind of “games” tend to be neither good nor games at all.
    Schafer and his minions are just the final nail on an already doomed coffin.

  10. VanFinale
    VanFinale
    August 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The entire point of crowdfunding and the way games are going is to make the market more open so that any game can be sold and people can find the games they really want to play. The idea of launching a website whose primary purpose is to empower arbitrary gatekeepers to keep stuff they don’t deem worthy out seems really ass-backwards to me.

  11. deadeye
    deadeye
    August 18, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Curating stuff like this sounds sketchy as hell. I want some details on how they would actually go about picking which ones to allow on the site.

    And it seems totally needless because if a project isn’t good, it just won’t get funded. There’s no point to a screening process, unless you just want to feature games you personally like, in which case you’re being kind of disingenuous.

    Also, needing to invest at least $1000? Who the hell is this site aimed for? Clearly not average consumers.

    I just don’t see this going anywhere. Why choose this over kickstarter? You’d be deliberately limiting your audience.

  12. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    That was my first thought when I read the title. This shows our age.

  13. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    August 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Schafer? Red Alert! Red Alert!

  14. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    August 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Seriously though, their goal seems to be more focused on trying to make it appear “better than Kickstarter” for people giving money, but it’s so much worse than Kickstarter for the people getting the money. So why would they do it?

  15. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    August 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    That image viewer needs a redesign. Anyways for some reason I don’t see this lasting long. I’m surprised they have as much money raised as they do. Especially on the first day. Seems strange. As far as Outer Wilds goes, it doesn’t really grab me.

  16. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    August 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Trusting Tim Schafer with money….

  17. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    August 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Mr Shitface, the creator of Broken Game helps create a platform to provide us more broken games.

    GG Mr Shitface GG

  18. Jon Snow
    Jon Snow
    August 18, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    >brian fargo

    Yes!

    >Double Fine employee Justin Bailey

    No.

    >Tim Schafer

    closes window.

  19. Wedge
    Wedge
    August 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Well, Outer Wilds has none of that (doesn’t even have humans), soooo I guess not necessarily?

  20. sanic
    sanic
    August 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

    “Tim Schafer”

    Yeah nah I’d make out with an electrical outlet first.

  21. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    August 19, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Tim Schafer is going to be to Fig what Denis Dyack’s name was to the Eternal Darkness’ Sequel Kickstarter .

  22. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    August 19, 2015 at 2:12 am

    >Schafer

  23. Doom Guy
    Doom Guy
    August 19, 2015 at 2:25 am

    So it’s come to this Tim Schafer wandering the wastes of the internet using crowdfunding as a feedbag to devour any and all sources of money left. It truly is a bleak future we live in.

  24. DariusQ
    DariusQ
    August 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    JUSTIN BAILEY
    —— ——

    =)

  25. Livnthedream
    Livnthedream
    August 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Just not in the name of love. :(

  26. llewdrac
    llewdrac
    August 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Schafer will be really dragging the trustworthiness of this project down before it starts. It’s a shame because Brian Fargo and Feargus Urquhart are good names that don’t deserve it.

  27. tetrisdork
    tetrisdork
    August 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Pic related

  28. GuitarAnthony
    GuitarAnthony
    August 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    NOT

    PENNY

    ONE!

  29. Chino Gambino
    Chino Gambino
    August 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, this wont be corrupt at all.