Kickstarter is a brilliant premise. Creative people can pitch an idea and get money from a variety of sponsors, thus funding a project that otherwise wouldn’t come to fruition. There are fantastic examples of its success. Unfortunately, there are also huge failures. Now, one company is being taken to court.
Project backers were promised the playing cards and other rewards with an estimated delivery date of December 2012. To date, the project has not been completed and none of the backers have received any of the promised items or any refunds. Additionally, the company has not communicated with its backers since July 2013.
This has been a concern of mine for a while. There are tons of really cool Kickstarter ideas out there, plenty which I have considered backing. However, I’m always worried that the end product won’t actually be the thing that I wanted and was willing to pay for. Will this make companies more hesitant to Kickstart project? Who knows. However, it might be a good thing if they are actually held to proposed delivery dates. It would be great if Kickstarter helped companies with project management – I don’t think developers always know how they will deliver on the project proposed, leading to delays and budgetary issues. Either way, the concept may be excellent, but it’s time for it to mature and get tweaked to ensure better end results.
Last Updated: May 5, 2014