Crowdfunding hits EVE

Quendan 2016-11-30

After CCP put an end to gambling, many community projects – streamers, news sites and a variety of labours of love – need funding as they readjust to the reality of pockets being rather shallow. They need to find new sources of income, bootstrap their operations, align with an entity, or ask the people they benefit to pay something towards their work. The last option has now become a reality, on a larger scale than individual donation requests or patreon buttons.

Tournament organizer EVE-NT have unveiled ISKStarter. On the website isk-starter.com, people can create campaigns and people can pledge money (by donating it to the namesake corp). Within the first hours after unveiling the site, 2.5 bn have already been donated to campaigns, mostly those to finance EVE-NT and our colleagues over at Crossing Zebras. But other campaigns seeking funding, too: At the time of writing Best of Us( a support network for military veterans),  RvB (a highsec PvP corp; for a tournament), Bomber’s Bar (a cloaky NPSI entity) and the New Eden Accounting Tool (an asset managing app) are all vying for your support. Since many of the current campaigns are intended to be monthly endeavors, I will be curious to see whether ISKStarter will introduce a Patreon-like functionality, where you would pledge monthly contributions.

Nonetheless, the idea is out there. Will people put their money where their mouth is? If you want, head on over to isk-starter.com and support those communities and sites dear to you.

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Comments

  • Rhivre

    Interesting concept, I think I quite like it 🙂

    November 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM
  • Really?

    “Hey RMTbot, can I get $20 worth of ISK?”
    “Of course, comrade. Go make an ISKstarter and I shall deposit into it when Paypal clears. Try and look legit.”

    November 30, 2016 at 8:41 PM
  • Caleb Ayrania

    Excellent innovation.. Hope it helps a lot of projects.

    November 30, 2016 at 10:59 PM
  • hurf

    According to their terms you can not make a scam campaign because of SSO, but that does not really make sense to me.
    From how I read the terms a developer is banned from making a scam app using the EVE SSO, but as just a user of a crowdsourcing platform I dont see how it applies.

    Am I missing something here?

    “creating scam campaigns is prohibited, this application makes use of the EVE SSO which disallows scamming”

    Also someone put up the Fountain book as a campaign

    December 1, 2016 at 1:06 AM
    • Anoron Secheh hurf

      I always understood it that you can’t use the information you get from the SSO to scam.

      December 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM
  • Dionucus

    It’s interesting to see how much isk is needed to keep up all of these community projects. It’s also interesting to see how much “charity isk” the EVE community is able to give out and what projects are popular to get funded.

    December 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM