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Star Citizen out-earned every video game Kickstarter in 2014

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Every time Star Citizen earns another dollar from fans, it further cements itself as the most crowdfunded game in history. Right now, other video game Kickstarters are pretty much battling it out just to be recognised as the second most crowdfunded game in history, as Star Citizen’s public finances will most likely never be toppled.

And that development process clearly has a legion of believers, because Star Citizen didn’t just keep that title in 2014. It out-performed every single video game Kickstarter last year. Combined.

According to Market intelligence services group Ico Partner’s Thomas Bidaux via Gamasutra, Star Citizen raked in  $33 million last year from crowdfunding, while Kickstarter projects took in a combined total of $20 million during 2014. Here’s the chart, click to embiggen:

SC Chart

Of course, there’re a number of factors at play here. 2014 didn’t have as many high profile games as 2013 did, leading to Star Citizen dominating so clearly. Compared to 2013 which saw the likes of Broken Age and the Ouya make record-breaking headlines, and the 2014 gap widens even further.

But clearly, Chris Robert’s plan to keep funding between investors and fans paid off in 2014. 2015 saw the trend do a 180 however, with more notable projects rising to the fore.

In fact, 2015 numbers show that Kickstarter video game projects  between January 1 and October 1 made over $33 million, while Star Citizen made another $21 million during the same period. You can thank games such as Shenmue 3 and Bloostained for that trend-reversal.

Not that any of this matters right now, as the development of Star Citizen has reportedly raised over $90 million since 2012 in crowdsourcing, with another $3.5 million currently unaccounted for from this month according to the live stats page on the SC site.

Last Updated: October 22, 2015


  1. RinceThis

    October 22, 2015 at 15:08

    And still no idea when it will be out…


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 22, 2015 at 15:11


      • RinceThis

        October 22, 2015 at 15:14

        By the time this game comes out RyanZa will have a beard…


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 22, 2015 at 15:34

          Maybe you will too! ZING!


    • Ken

      October 22, 2015 at 20:03

      No idea? They have put out a tentative release timeline. While it’s not a hard date, claiming that there is “no idea when it will be out” is entirely false.


      • RinceThis

        October 23, 2015 at 08:31

        No it isn’t. They keep moving the date on their tentative timeline, so it may as well not exist.


        • Spathi

          October 23, 2015 at 09:31

          “They keep moving the date on their tentative timeline, so it may as well not exist.”


  2. K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    October 22, 2015 at 15:13

    Where’s the Chris Roberts press release announcing their latest funding milestone developer party?


  3. Grand Admiral Chief

    October 22, 2015 at 15:20

    So, when is it out eh?


    • RinceThis

      October 22, 2015 at 15:25

      When the owners finally buy their magical island from the money they have fooled people out of? Tralalala


    • Spathi

      October 22, 2015 at 15:59



  4. Hammersteyn

    October 22, 2015 at 15:43

    This is just silly


  5. Spathi

    October 22, 2015 at 15:58

    I think they fully deserve all the money pledged. CIG has given open development a new meaning, and the amount of ambition is awe-inspiring. Let’s hope they deliver! If not, Squadron 42 alone will be worth it in my opinion.


  6. Gdom

    October 22, 2015 at 16:59

    I’ve got some information below if you want to try out the early alpha of Star Citizen. Right now there’s a Free flight mode, a battle AI horde mode, multiplayer mode, racing mode, and planetary landing zone. The first Alpha of the PU is coming out soon(tm) (the same goes for the FPS mode). If you buy in early the game will only cost about $45 USD. There are more expensive pledge options, but everything will be earnable in game.

    You can sign up to Star Citizen using this link and get extra in game currency.


    There’s a free flight period til October 25th where you can try out all the ships that are flight ready:


    The code is: CITCONFLIGHT2K15


  7. Fiftysixk

    October 22, 2015 at 17:35

    If you want to try Star Citizen you can play for free and fly all available ships until October 25th. Follow this link to sign up and then use the code CITCONFLIGHT2K15 on the main page after sign up: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/enlist?referral=STAR-WCYP-R79H


  8. Dave Newman

    October 22, 2015 at 19:54

    If you’re interested in trying out Star Citizen and all in-game ships for FREE to see what it’s all about, you can create a free account on https://robertsspaceindustries.com using this referral code to immediately get 5,000 in-game credits to spend on in-game items: STAR-NCTX-Q9B9 (as for myself, I only get rewarded if you end up buying a package, but you get your in-game credits immediately)

    Once you’ve logged in and started downloading the game, click the yellow banner at the top of their website and type in the code CITCONFLIGHT2K15 to unlock all ships for flying until October 25th! Hope to see some of you in the ‘verse. 🙂


    • Syren Caban

      October 23, 2015 at 20:51

      Referral code spam is disgusting, you cheapen the entire community.


  9. David Weatherhead

    October 23, 2015 at 11:04

    What’s up with the 3 spam Star Citizen messages below? Definitely bots, but are these message bots from SC themselves?


  10. Castro

    October 24, 2015 at 16:26

    If anyone decides to buy this game, don’t forget to use a referral code. We both get free stuff in-game! Here’s mine: STAR-V4M9-3CV4 or you can use this link: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/enlist?referral=STAR-V4M9-3CV4


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