Surely we've all heard of Kickstarter, haven't we? For those who don't know: Kickstarter is a campaign based website which allows users to fund independent projects.
These projects range from Technology to Fashion, Gaming to Food, and even Comics to Dance. With loads of categories to pick from, there is literally something for everyone - 413,769 people have found something so far!
From this ridiculous amount of Kickstarters, nearly $4 billion ($3,846,462,847) has been pledged so far, but only 148,986 have actually been successful. These completed campaigns have raised $3.41 billion, whilst unfortunate, unfinished projects gathered $401 million.
Out of the 261,344 campaigns which never reached its end goal, 2,542 of those achieved 81% - 99% funding - that must really hurt. On a brighter note, 315 of the successful campaigns raised over $1 million, and this is the inspiration for our list.
According to the Kickstarter "Most Funded" page, these are the 12 most funded campaigns of all time. Interestingly, quite a number of these projects have a gaming theme, so sit back and discover how some campaigner's dreams became reality, and more, thanks to Kickstarter pledges:
Shenmue 3 - $2,000,000 Goal
This highly anticipated sequel is the most funded video game on Kickstarter, and was backed by 69,320 who pledged a total of $6,333,295. The creators, Yu Suzuki, gave an original goal of $2 million, but their devoted fans managed to more than triple this amount.
Credit: Shenmue 3/Kickstarter
Fidget Cube - $15,000 Goal
You've all seen these on one of your work buddies desks and might have even bought one yourself, as a whopping 154,926 backers pledged $6,465,690 for this project to come to life. They're a nifty little tool for when you're bored or stressed with doing some work, so we recommend you give one a try.
The Everyday Backpack, Tote, and Sling - $500,000 Goal
What's better than one bag? Three bags, and a total of 26,359 backers wanted at least one of them. A goal of $500,000 was way more than met, in fact it raised 13 times that amount - $6,565,782. Pretty impressive numbers.
The 7th Continent - $40,000 Goal
Board games are a massive part of Kickstarter, and this is just the first on our list. The description says this product is "the first ever board game where YOU are the hero!" and this was enough for 43,733 backers to raise $7,072,757.
OUYA - $950,000 Goal
Who remembers this bad boy? The OUYA was "A New Kind of Video Game Console," and was absolutely massive when it's campaign started in 2012.This project managed to rake in $8,596,474 from 63,416 backers, have you got one?
Exploding Kittens - $10,000 Goal
If you're "into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats," this is the game for you. 219,382 wanted their hands on this card game and they raised a massive $8,782,571 to make sure the campaign was a success.
The World's Best Travel Jacket - $20,000 Goal
I've been on the lookout for a new coat, and this one ticks all the boxes - and then some. It has 15 hidden features, including: "Neck Pillow, Eye Mask, Gloves, Earphone Holders, Drink Pocket." 44,949 people raised $9,192,055 for this product.
Pebble - $100,000 Goal
This campaign boasted an e-paper watch for iPhone and Android, and back in 2012 it was a huge hit. You can "Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone," something which swayed 68,929 backers to raise $10,266,845.
Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 - $100,000 Goal
19,264 backers managed to rack up $12,393,139 to bring this project to life. The board game promises a "cooperative nightmare horror game experience. Hunt intelligent monsters and develop your settlement through a self-running campaign."
Credit: Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5/Kickstarter
Pebble 2 - $1,000,000 Goal
Remember this guy's little brother? Going off the back of the successful Pebble watch, it's creators released another with a much more realistic goal. In the end, it managed to raise $12,779,843 from 66,673 backers, but there was another released before it...
Coolest Cooler - $50,000 Goal
Number two on our list is a "a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion." 62,642 people funded $13,285,226 - some people must really like being cool!
Pebble Time - $500,000 Goal
And so, we've reached our number one spot. The Pebble Time campaign, a sequel to the Pebble, manage to raise a ridiculous $20,338,986. 78,471 backers wanted this piece of tech on their wrist, and can you blame them?
There are currently 3,449 campaigns on Kickstarter, so why not give one a go? 15,088,130 have already got behind a project, some even going back for a second, so make sure you check out the website because who knows, you might be part of creating the next big thing.
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