Valve Turns Video Gamers Into…Investors?
Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, is taking an interest into turning gamers into investors. The investment would be Valve games they want to see in the future. Currently gamers tend to get some say in the actual game, but not which games they get to see come to market.
According to Newell, "One of the areas that I am super interested in right now is how we can do financing from the community."
"So right now, what typically happens is you have this budget – it needs to be huge, it has to be $10 million – $30 million, and it has to be all available at the beginning of the project. There’s a huge amount of risk associated with those dollars and decisions have to be incredibly conservative."
These community funded games would help to push the development of titles investors/gamers want to see on the market. The current balance lies in the hands of the publishers who provide fundage via publishing deals. If investment was to come from the community, they would hold the power of sway.
The idea would be to allow gamers to be early investors in a project, after which they could possibly get a return as well as a copy of the game.