The second rule on our Rules page reads: “Projects must be honest and clearly presented.” But what do we mean by that? To provide some context for this rule, we’re releasing a new page today, “Honest and Clear Project Presentation,” and an accompanying feature for creators starting new projects.
Essentially our rule about honest presentation means that projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts. It also means that creators need to be candid with backers about what they plan to accomplish. For projects that plan to manufacture and distribute something complex, like hardware or gadgets, we require working prototypes and don’t allow misleading imagery.
Our goal is threefold: help these talented photographers realize a project they’re passionate about, share their work with an international audience, and help them build a community around their practice.
Over the past 10 years the Kickstarter community has learned a thing or two about how to develop and run a Kickstarter campaign. This July, we invite you to rethink everything with Break Kickstarter.
Stretch the limits of our platform
Break Kickstarter is an initiative supporting unconventional campaigns, running from July 15 to August 15. You’re invited to play with the structure or concept of running a campaign, and stretch the limits of our platform. Take it apart, put it back together, and try something new.
Experimentation can lead to new ideas and new ways of seeing. By reimagining the very components of Kickstarter’s platform, we hope that you’ll discover new ways to find support for your work and to connect with the people who love it.
Today we are excited to announce that Kickstarter is available in two new languages: Traditional Chinese and Italian. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Chinese and Italian speakers around the world, and especially to backers and creators who can now use Kickstarter in their native language.
Kickstarter and gal-dem teamed up to host a workshop for women and nonbinary people of color where artists shared inspiring stories, practical skills, and tips for bringing creative projects to life.
Ideas flourish when they’re shared with others. At Kickstarter, one of the most powerful ways we support artists is by offering dedicated time and space to develop projects alongside fellow creators.
To mark Kickstarter’s 10th birthday on April 30, our UK team partnered with the magazine gal-dem to host an event for women and nonbinary people of color. With drinks and pizza in hand we welcomed our guests to Second Home London Fields, a venue dedicated to creative collaboration, for an evening of presentations, discussion, and lively workshop sessions with gal-dem founder Liv Little, The Literary Consultancy director Aki Schilz, Pakistan for Women creator Maliha Abidi, and Granby Workshop operations manager and artist Sumuyya Khader.
Ten years ago this week, Kickstarter landed on the World Wide Web, and our whole office erupted in cheers. Except there was no office, just some folks working out of their New York City apartments. The office came in 2010. A few other things have changed since then. For example, 16 million of you have backed a Kickstarter project!
We’re kicking off our big tenth birthday celebration today with a few things you might enjoy:
Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Kodansha, one of Japan’s leading publishers, to support creators in Japan across all categories.
Connecting creators in Japan with the rest of the world
Through the partnership, Kickstarter will provide Kodansha’s team with the tools, knowledge, and resources to help creators in Japan bring projects to life on our global platform. With these insights and tools in hand, Kodansha will advise creators on how to effectively tell their stories and find supportive audiences on Kickstarter.
Backers like you have funded nearly 17,000 Games projects, bringing to life the beautiful, bold, and unexpected visions of creators from across the globe. We’ve seen projects that made us laugh, cry, shoot lasers at bad guys, and think about games in totally new ways.
And as we’ve grown, we’ve continued to look for ways to support our creator community and get our backers the latest info. Whether it’s through our weekly emails, Projects We Love, or our creator-focused podcast, we want to give our more than 3.2 million Games backers the latest from the bleeding edge of independent games projects.
With $1 billion in pledges under our belt, we can’t wait to continue to grow Kickstarter Games and bring you more of the irresistible projects you never knew you needed.