Crowdfunding: Building a Gaming Community

Communities are a part of everything in life. Helping one another directly or indirectly, doing different jobs, supplying needed items and services to each and more is part of all humans and no one can exist on their own. For fan communities, it’s all about sharing your passion and interests, as you teach people things, provide specific items and products, and just generally enjoy the company of like minded people.

Both of these forms of community are very prominent in video gaming. MMOs, such as World of Warcraft are all about community as you need to work together with other to achieve your goals. Whether this is teaming up to fight strong enemies and conquer tough dungeons, sharing and swapping items, giving advice and tips and generally just talking about the game. This also applies casino communities. Virtual gambling communities such as those found with Red Flush online casino allows players to play against each other on a regular basis. Just like meeting up with people in real life, you can spend time online with friends playing cards and other casino games. The community also goes beyond as you look at top players and tournaments, in which people will follow and support their favourites, watch tournaments and generally support the community to grow.

The gaming community is getting involved more with the games they love from the ground up. Rather than playing and supporting game post release, they can now help the game come to life. Crowdfunding has been hugely popular and successful in recent years as a way for developers to get backing directly from fans. People can invest simply because they find initial info about the game interesting, but they may do it because they are a fan of the developer, such as Koji Igarashi and Keiji Inafune, or they enjoy games made from the studio previous, for example Lab Zero and Indivisible.

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Crowdfunding can help a game happen that would previously need impassible. Many studios may not take a risk in developing a title and so devs can turn to the fans. A sequel to the Shenmue games has long been desired by fans, but Sega have never moved forward. In 2015, crowdfunding was revealed for a possible sequel and fans of the series took this call to arms and raised over $1 million in twenty-four hours. It would go onto raise over $6.6 million, enough to make the game. This shows you how people can form a community with game and help develop it, providing support and money to get it made. This makes them a larger part of the community, as rather than just making a fan base around something, such as with Red Flush Casino, you can become a true part of it along with the people who made the game.

These are the different types of communities in games. So if you are playing together in Warcraft, playing against each other in a Red Flush online casino card game or funding a something from the start, gaming is bringing people together and forming unique communities.

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