Kickstarter over early-access: buying into an idea

Later Levels

There are over 6,000 video games on Steam in early-access at the time of writing. The platform advertises that supporting titles in this category is a way of discovering, playing and getting involved with releases as they evolve through their creation process.

As stated on their official page: “We like to think of games and game development as services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community. There have been a number of prominent titles that have embraced this model of development recently and found a lot of value in the process. We like to support and encourage developers who want to ship early, involve customers and build lasting relationships that help everyone make better games.”

Early-access can come with plenty of benefits when it works. Players can get their hands on a game (albeit an unfinished one) at a potentially discounted price and are…

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