Desura, the digital distribution platform aimed at indie games and mods, has revealed a new funding system that will grant independent developers the capital they need to complete and polish their games. The Alphafunding system operates much like Kickstarter, except that donors can expect to receive instant access to early versions of videogames still in development, contribute to the creation of the titles and will be able to play innovative new games long before their public release. It's an exciting new system that should reward everyone involved, and we've got more details after the jump.
Desura founder Scott Reismanis explains that Alphafunding was based on the model used by Minecraft and Natural Selection 2: instant rewards for players willing to invest in games currently in development.
Alphafunding fills the void between the idea phase and the pre-order / release phase. Digital distribution is an amazing medium for getting access to content early. Alphafunding includes the gamers in the development of the product, not only from a financial perspective, but gives them the opportunity to contribute toward the design and development process.
This model has been proven in successful titles like Minecraft, Overgrowth and Natural Selection 2. These are games that have benefitted from the support of their fans from the very beginning.
Why not take a look at the five launch games and decide whether or not to make a sound investment?