All-time pledges for crowdfunding platform Kickstarter reached $1 billion overnight, the company announced this morning.
According to Kickstarter, more than half of that amount was pledged in the last 12 months. Approximately 5,708,578 people from 224 countries across all seven continents, including Antarctica, have backed projects. Of the pledged $1 billion, $215.75 million has gone into 8,751 game projects.
Of the total pledge amount, $859 million has gone to successful projects, with returning backers pledging $619 million. Kickstarter noted that $24 million of this pledged amount is still live, sitting in 4,139 currently active campaigns.
The U.S. is the top contributing country to Kickstarter, with a $663,316,496 stake in the total pledges. This is followed by the U.K. with $54,427,475 and Canada with $44,913,678. The top ten list is rounded out by Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and Singapore, in that order. According to an interactive map on the Kickstarter website, Antarctica saw 11 backers pledge $3,707.
Kickstarter reported that 1,689,979 people have backed more than one project, while 15,932 people have backed more than 50. Pledges were more commonly sent in on Wednesdays, or on the 13th of the month, according to bar graphs detailing pledge amounts by day. The single day with the most pledges to date was March 13, 2013, on which 54,187 backers pledged $4,029,585.45 to 1,985 projects.
Kickstarter are shared a list of its top backers. The most influential backer contributing to the $1 billion in pledges is author Neil Gaiman, who backed his first project in 2010 and has since contributed to hundreds more.
Earlier this year, Kickstarter reported that calendar year 2013 saw $480 million in pledges from 3 million people.