There’s some good news for crowd-funding fans, as Kickstarter is set to launch in the UK at the end of the month.
Kickstarter has been a big hit over in the US, and back in July of this year, we heard that it would be making its way over to this country some time in the autumn.
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, or the concept of crowd-funding, the website is essentially a platform for new inventions and ideas. Folks put their concept or would-be product up there, and if people like it, they donate money towards its fruition.
There have been some massively successful projects which have scooped millions in donations over in the US, such as the Pebble Smartwatch and Ouya games console. Though the platform isn’t just about hardware, but arts projects, games, films, and music which can gather funding via Kickstarter.
Kickstarter will officially launch on the last day of October, the 31st, with listings/donations in UK pounds of course.
That can only be a good thing, generally, although there have been some concerns raised about the more ambitious Kickstarter projects – when it comes to building and shipping masses of units of hardware, and whether some of these projects might not ever be realised.
That’s the gamble you take when pre-ordering something like the Ouya console with your donation – hardware which hasn’t been built yet.