Star Citizen raised more money than all video game Kickstarters in 2017

CIG/RSI would not comment on how much was refunded to backers

Star Citizen raised more money than all video game Kickstarters in 2017

Star Citizen raised more money than all video game Kickstarters in 2017

Star Citizen is easily the largest video game being created via crowdfunding, with the Robert Space Industries website currently listing $175,935,779 as the amount of funds raised for the game so far.  

This year alone, Star Citizen is said to have raised $34.91 million, slightly less than the company generated in 2016, over two times more than all Kickstarted video game projects combined. This year Kickstarter game projects are estimated to have raised around $17.25 million. Star Citizen has been given two times as much money in donations as all Kickstarter video game projects combined for two years running. 

Sadly, Robert Space Industries/Cloud Imperium Games did not reveal how much money the company has refunded to backers, making their yearly earnings somewhat inaccurate. Regardless, it seems unlikely that enough has been repaid to backers to make a huge dent in the $34.91 million that was raised this year.   

Polygon has recently reported that some backers have taken legal action against Cloud Imperium Games to receive a refund for their original Kickstarter donations. Star Citizen was Kickstarted back in 2012, making it understandable why fans are aggravated at the slow development of the game.


Today Star Citizen and its single-player component Squadron 42 both have no firm release date. With every major update, the game is only getting more complex,  leaving many to wonder whether or not the project will ever be finished.

You can join the discussion on Star Citizen's extreme levels of funding on the OC3D Forums

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05-01-2018, 14:50:53

A year ago I was THAT close to pledge because of upcoming 3.0, but delays and more delays made me pledge my money to some pudding eating and waiting for 3.0. In the meanwhile I also wait for Ashes of creation. Star citizen delayed allot and lots of rumors of spending the money into pleasures than programming. I also read about the sales of land and I find that ridicules, this is worse than archeage.

Something I ve learned : NEVER EVER give money to developers without them delivering what they promise.Quote

05-01-2018, 17:15:28

I cant believe people are STILL in 2017/18 crowdfunding this game...... have NORHING been learned from pre orders or buying a game at release...?

We all know they are full of bugs... from day one and it takes some time untill they are worked out.


Why would some one in their right mind pay money for this game that is No where even close to be finished and ready for release...?

Every every time they make it more complex.... why not concentrate and fix what they have? You cant say they have not had enough money...Quote

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