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GameLaunched, a new game-specific crowdfunding platform

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GameLaunched went live last week and so far is featuring only 4 projects, but surely more will follow in the next days.

This International Crowdfunding for games platform, as they define themselves, has the following differentiating traits:
  • All game genres: all kinds of videogames platforms as well as traditional tabletop games are supported.
  • International funding: submissions from around the world are accepted, with automatic currency exchange and PayPal support.
  • Marketplace: successfully funded games, once fully developed, will have the option to be sold directly from this site.
  • Fixed funding: project submitters will get the raised funds only if the total goal is reached.
  • Launchcrew: those projects chosen to be prominently featured will benefit from the advice of a team of gaming experts, writers and personalities to try to reach their goals.
  • XP and Leaderboards: contributors will earn XP points for pledging to campaigns as well as spreading the word on social networks. These points will be redeemable for games and merchandise from the site's marketplace.


Among the aforementioned current projects, there's one interesting Linux game: Ostrich Island: Escape from Paradise, developed by MeDungeon Games. It's a unique mix of adventure, platformer and RPG, and suitable for all ages.

Their goal is set at a modest $3,000 which will be used to create additional game assets, to purchase a full Unity3D license (to improve game appearance) and to finish the multiplayer implementation. You can even download a demo from the game's site to give it a try before pledging.




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muntdefems 25 March 2013 at 4:36 pm UTC
D'oh! I forgot to add a picture or a video from Ostrich Island. Could any editor please do it for me?
Sabun 25 March 2013 at 9:47 pm UTC
I always get an error when trying to access this Gamelaunched website. 403 Forbidden, I don't have access to view it. Is it not viewable in Malaysia or SEA?
muntdefems 25 March 2013 at 10:14 pm UTC
SabunI always get an error when trying to access this Gamelaunched website. 403 Forbidden, I don't have access to view it. Is it not viewable in Malaysia or SEA?
No idea... Maybe it's your ISP who's blocking it?
Sabun 26 March 2013 at 9:31 am UTC
QuoteYou don't have permission to access /on this server.
It can't be my ISP, since I'm using Google's Public DNS. It works fine for you?

This seriously looks like a server-side related issue though. It looks like everytime I try to go to the website, it's directly trying to connect to the root directory. Is this even allowed? I'm not too familiar with how servers work, but this doesn't look right.
muntdefems 26 March 2013 at 11:09 am UTC
Yes, I've been able to connect to this site using Google's DNSs. And it's perfectly possible for a web server to block whole IP ranges in order to prevent connections from certain countries. But, although I'm not an expert either, surely an ISP can block IP adresses and/or IP ranges as well (as opposed to remove URLs from their DNSs), can't it?

Anyway, it doesn't make much sense to me for a platform that prides itself to be International and to accept submissions from around the world to go around blocking whole countries... I think the best you could do would be to contact them and ask them: help@gamelaunched.com / https://twitter.com/gamelaunched / https://www.facebook.com/gamelaunched
Liam Dawe 26 March 2013 at 6:10 pm UTC
Am i being dumb or is there no way to contact the actual developers on this new website?
muntdefems 26 March 2013 at 7:50 pm UTC
Do you mean the website's developers, or the games' ones?

If the former, there's a 'Contact us' link at the bottom right, and if the latter, although there's no email address all the projects pages have a link to their respective developers' Twitter accounts and Facebook pages (and all bar one have a link to their website).
Sabun 27 March 2013 at 12:22 am UTC
Ah, on their twitter they've made it clear. They block Asia due to a PayPal restriction. I wonder why PayPal wants Asia out of the picture, considering I used them in the past years to buy from Steam and Desura. Oh well... Another funding site I can't use. Sorry for the trouble muntdefems.
Gamelaunched.com 27 March 2013 at 12:33 am UTC
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to clear up the error page issue that you guys were talking about. We had to block a total of 5 countries with ip ranging - not because paypal wouldn't allow us to use their merchant platform, but because it is illegal to raise funds online through site's like ours in those countries. So, in order to get approval from paypal for our api, we had to block those countries.

And yes, to contact us please use the link at the bottom of the pages, and to contact project development teams, you can use the twitter, facebook or website links on the project's page.

Hope you enjoyed the site so far. We have big plans for it and are hoping to fill up the project page very soon with more games.

Thanks,
James
muntdefems 27 March 2013 at 12:34 am UTC
No problem. I'm glad you finally found out, even though it was only to confirm your initial suspicions.
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