Kickstarter has morphed into a new type of public entity that has only existed in the United States for a handful of years---the Benefit Corporation---and its an interesting role in the corporate world.
I think it sounds like a good move for gamers and the company. I do wonder how the 27 games I've backed will be effected, if at all. I also wonder how much more we will be protected from outright frauds (which are rare) and over-sells and under-delivers (more common).
Shenmue III was the only game I backed within the first hours of it going up on Kickstarter. I hope this change does not effect me getting the game.
Off topic, but I'm simply curious. If you don't mind, what games did you back?
I have a Google Doc list I keep with all games I have preordered and others that I might, all with release dates. I also keep a list of all the Kickstarter games I've backed with their expected release date. And, my bad, it's 37 games, not 27! 09/14 Massive Chalice 12/14 Duelyst 01/15 Darkest Dungeon 01/15 Hero Generations 02/15 39 Days to Mars 02/15 Highlands 03/15 Earthlock 03/15 Last Life 03/15 That Which Sleeps 04/15 Dragon Fin Soup 05/15 Chaos Reborn 05/15 Concrete Jungle 07/15 Exploding Kittens (card game) 07/15 Unsung Story 07/15 The Flame in the Flood 09/15 Hard West 09/15 Survive the Nights 09/15 Shadowrun Hong Kong 10/15 The Universim 11/15 Epic Manager 12/15 This is the Police 12/15 Orion Trail 12/15 Halcyon 6: Starbase Command 01/16 Popup Dungeon 01/16 Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Plane 06/16 Little Devil Inside 06/16 For The King 10/16 Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs 11/16 Pathologic 11/16 Underworld Ascendant 12/16 Deadwood: The Forgotten Curse 12/16 Battle Chasers: Nightwar 12/16 Edge of Eternity 12/16 Divinity Original Sin 2 12/16 Crowfall 10/17 Bard’s Tale IV
can someone make a tl;dr
TL;DR: Company does stuff
Yay, more legislative loopholes to allow corperations to have different tax requirements. "For the greater good" Im all for capitalism... I hate special interests!
Maybe when you own a multibillion dollar company and are injecting that kind of cash into the economy, you can get nice little tax breaks too. I'm pretty sure those tax break offers are equally on the table for anyone responsible for stimulating the economy to that degree. Unless of course you'd rather hike tax rates for our corporations and drive them off to India. But hey, at least then you can sleep at night knowing some Joe Schmoe you've never met wasn't given preferential treatment (even though that same Joe Schmoe was granting us preferential economic growth). people get upset over the silliest little things. I chalk it up to good old-fashioned jealousy.
"I'm pretty sure those tax break offers are equally on the table for anyone responsible for stimulating the economy to that degree." ^^^^ That is the point they aren't... If I have a company making millions but don't say I DIRECTLY help other companies or the ENVIRONMENT as part of my core PLAN than this tax incentive isn't on the table even though my company may be helping "stimulate" the economy anyways. That is what I mean by special interest and spare me with the shipping off to India crap, I didn't say pay MORE taxes, I said don't offer BS incentives based on a social construct that may or may not have tangible value. "people get upset over the silliest little things." Your failure to understand the detrimental effect of a 74,000+ page federal tax code may seem silly to those who don't care, but to the ones who actually have to sift through it, its a big problem.
Benefit Corporations have the exact same tax requirements as traditional corps. They are simply taking on more burden in exchange for I suppose a good public image and happy consciences. There is literally no direct economical benefit to them.
Touche, i guess but we all know its easier to take inches rather than miles. B Labs founders proposed taxing B corporations at lower rates to the Obama administration. So its not like they arent trying. They already carved out the section, so now they just have to add a B corporation to the tax code.
Question.. will this fix the Mighty No. 9/Red Ash Kickstarters?
Sorry man. Don't think anything will fix those...
Those will only be fixed by successful class action lawsuits, which have gained some traction recently, and some states are being aggressive in their demands for crowdfunded products and services. Check the state you live in and its AG.
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