As discussed in our September quarterly report, some high-earning games serve as extreme samples in a month's data set. October was no different, as Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 lured in $3,845,170 thanks to 67,226 backers. What's more, both Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Hyper Light Drifter combined to account for 42,708 backers, which means these three projects had enough backers to match the number of funders in August and September combined, a two-month period that saw 58 successful projects. All three games fit into the action genre this month as well, which accounts for that category's high numbers. Without those three projects, the other four action games would have combined for only $113,876.
October also saw some of the first Canada-based developers take advantage of Kickstarter's expansion to the country, which began in September. Eight projects came from Canadian developers, three of which were among the top six earning games for the month: RimWorld, The Long Dark and River City Ransom: Underground. The eight games accounted for 11.16 percent of the overall picture for the month ($821,411), so it'll be interesting to watch for the impact Kickstarter's expansion has on our crowdfunding trends. The funding platform will open up to Australia and New Zealand-based creators on November 13, as well.
Head past the break for the month's breakdown by genre as well as the list of October's top five earners.
Action: $5,380,288 (388.18%) by 113,391 people ($47.45 mean average)
Adventure: $452,421 (132.57%) by 14,499 people ($31.20 mean average)
Fighting: $210,019 (120.91%) by 5,179 people ($40.55 mean average)
Platformer: $16,815 (102.24%) by 318 people ($52.88 mean average)
Puzzle: $64,461 (234.40%) by 1,853 people ($34.79 mean average)
RPG: $191,598 (132.86%) by 7,685 people ($24.93 mean average)
Shooter: $87,384 (174.77%) by 3,632 people ($24.06 mean average)
Simulation: $432,477 (144.50%) by 10,010 people ($43.20 mean average)
Strategy: $526,250 (206.00%) by 15,793 people ($33.32 mean average)
- Mighty No. 9 by Comcept - $3,845,170
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero by WayForward - $776,084
- Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine - $645,158
- RimWorld by Ludeon Studios - $257,152
- The Long Dark by Hinterland - $248,899