The Woes of Kickstarters and Auditing
Kickstarter reminds me a bit of the Nintendo Switch. I love that it opens up the market for fresh new talent and creative designs from people who would've never had the courage to act on their ideas. At the same time, it also floods the market with lots of "interesting" games with minimum effort/investment that can seem like a shot at making quick cash. Another similarity is that there doesn't seem to be all that much regulation of which games make the pass, as both of these companies are profiting either way from the flow of new campaigns/releases. This isn't something that bothers me to any degree though, because it's easy to say no to these types of games and walk away.
The problem I have is with individuals/companies with very little transparency, and when shady business practices seem to occur again and again (example: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/mw6sPrjmty/golden-bell-studios-turn-unbrokens-kickstarter-into-a-youtube-comment-section).
So my question is:
- Do you think it's feasible to have some sort of auditing system for Kickstarters?
- Would it be something you'd like to see on Board Game Atlas?
- What are some minimum requirements that would give you the confidence to back a game?