Kickstarter just isn’t what it used to be. Not only are fewer people donating less money, but fewer game developers are launching quality campaigns. When it first became popular, the idea of crowdfunding seemed like it was going to revolutionize the game industry. For a short time, it did. But over the last few years, there have been some great Kickstarter campaigns that weren’t funded, some of which for reasons we can’t begin to fathom.

Whether it’s The Watchmaker or The Black Glove, some truly great looking games on Kickstarter have slipped through the cracks. In today’s video, we’re going to take a look at the 10 best Kickstarter campaigns that weren’t funded, and try and figure out why they weren’t.

Spoiler alert: we don’t get very far with that last part. It raises an interesting question that even I can’t always answer: why do great looking campaigns not get funded? Any number of factors could be a play, from bad marketing, a poorly run campaign, bad PR, too high a goal, too low a goal, or even politics as could be the case with Legion 1917.

The truth is there is no one answer. But when making this list, we tried to rule out bad campaigns and PR teams, and we were still left with the eternal question: why weren’t these games funded? If you think you have the answers, why not let us know in the comments below?

Josh Griffiths

Josh Griffiths

Executive Editor
Josh Griffiths is a writer and amateur historian. He has a passion for 3D platformers, narrative-driven games, and books. Josh is also Cliqist’s video producer. He’s currently working on his first novel, and will be doing so on and off for the next decade.
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