Star Citizen has now raised over $300 million in funding from its players. That’s a lot.
Almost seven years after its original Kickstarter, 2,711,428 people have pledged a total of $300,145,173. Again, that’s a lot. An awful lot. Enough to have, you know, finished the darn game.
Investment in the Star Citizen shows no signs of slowing down. It was only in December 2019 that Cloud Imperium Games confirmed that investment had crossed the $250 million point, with $11 million being pledged in one month.
In May 2020 there was another spike in player investment, which saw over $15 million pledged in the month. It should be noted that May also saw the release of the Drake Complete Pack 2950, a bundle of 14 ships which sold for $4,600. Of real-world money. For pretend ships. Oh my.
You can probably tell that I’m not a huge believer in the Star Citizen project. I don’t like that they are adopting a pledge system whereby players donate money and wave it goodbye forever, though I suppose that isn’t much different to buying a game in early access and losing your right to refund after a couple of hours of gameplay.
Still, it won’t be too long until Star Citizen becomes the first billion-dollar game. Watch it happen. It will be interesting to see whether it finally releases at that point, too.