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No, Kickstarter is not considering equity crowdfunding

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

With today's launch of Fig, a dedicated video games crowdfunding platform that offers an equity investment option for backers, Polygon reached out to Kickstarter to find out if it had plans to compete in the same space.

Kickstarter's answer? It doesn't.

"Kickstarter has no plans to offer equity crowdfunding," a Kickstarter representative wrote Polygon. "Kickstarter's mission is to help bring creative projects to life, and we welcome more options for creators."

We also asked them about potentially losing Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment and Double Fine Productions as customers. Feargus Urquhart, Brian Fargo and Tim Schafer have all taken seats on Fig's advisory board, and made commitments to release projects there alongside smaller indie developers.

Together, the three companies have raised more than $13 million dollars on Kickstarter since 2012.

"We’re constantly amazed at the ingenuity and diversity of games on Kickstarter — thousands of them, from quirky side projects to ambitious blockbusters, and from creators of all stripes," Kickstarter's representative wrote. "It’s a place where people make and support games because they love gaming. Kickstarter creators retain full ownership and creative control of their work. And our strong backer community makes Kickstarter the best place in the world for game makers to find an audience — one that extends beyond the core gaming crowd."

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