Research shows that the Russian gaming market has exploded in the past two years. Xsolla has partnered with some of the country's biggest games and developers: World of Tanks, War Thunder, Infestation: Survivor Stories, Valve, and many more for several years now. We're analyzing the market to find out what trends developers might want to consider when entering this booming market.
Over the past 12 months, 3 million Kickstarter projects received over $480 million from players. Xsolla analyzes the impact Kickstart crowdfunding platform has on indie game developers and the gaming industry as a whole.
Despite the fact that $480 million sounds like a lot, the truth is the overall growth of the service slowed down. Just a bit of figures for comparison: in 2011 players donated $99.3 million, in 2012 this number rose to $319.8 million, and in 2013 — to $480 million. The number of startups that received financing they were looking for increased by 10% compared to 2012. Slowed growth, however, is most likely to reflect the fact that Kickstart became a mature project.