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Equity crowdfunding: When your players become actual investors

Gamasutra - It was a small story we ran just before GDC that kind of flew under the radar, so you'd all be forgiven (minus Kris, who authored the thing) for missing that a game just got funded through equity crowdfunding.

That is to say, rather than through a Kickstarter model where backers simply receive rewards (or the game itself) for giving money, backers of Train Fever are actual investors. They're gambling that the game will be a success by investing in exchange for a cut.

This isn't quite legal everywhere yet, but regardless, could this be the next big thing in crowdfunding? When our crowds become actual investors, is there any going back to Kickstarter? Or is this something else entirely?

I'll start the conversation myself.

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