Steamforged Games, the UK’s leading creator and publisher of licensed tabletop games, has already successfully funded over a dozen projects on Kickstarter. The team’s past projects, which have earned over £20M in pledges from backers on Kickstarter, include official board game versions of hit video games like Dark Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter: World™.
Today, we’re excited to share that even more great tabletop projects are coming to Kickstarter through our partnership with Steamforged Games. Through the partnership, Steamforged Games’s next four tabletop games will be crowdfunded exclusively on Kickstarter. Steamforged and Kickstarter will also be collaborating on educational content for emerging games creators as a way to support the next generation of tabletop publishers.
"Kickstarter has been key to the making of Steamforged and is a big part of how we’ve gotten where we are today. We believe it’s the best platform for creators to bring their ideas to life and reach their audience." – Rich Loxam, Steamforged Games' CEO and Co-founder
“We’re excited to partner exclusively with Kickstarter for our upcoming crowdfunding campaigns,” said Steamforged Games CEO and co-founder, Rich Loxam. “Kickstarter has been key to the making of Steamforged and is a big part of how we’ve gotten where we are today. We believe it’s the best platform for creators to bring their ideas to life and reach their audience. It’s an incredible way to build passionate communities, and it provides a fantastic space where those communities can engage with us directly and even influence the final game.”
One of the projects that falls under the partnership is now live on Kickstarter today. The new crowdfunding project is for Steamforged’s Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The Board Game. The Iceborne board game will plunge players into a wintry experience with a whole new line-up of massive monsters to hunt. Together, 1-4 players will track numerous beasts across the frozen tundra and engage in strategic, card-driven combat. The game is the successor to Steamforged’s highly-rated Monster Hunter: World™ board game, which raised £3.4 million on Kickstarter in 2021.
"This is one example of how we hope to continue finding impactful and creative ways to deepen our relationships with creators of all sizes, across all categories." — Jon Leland, Kickstarter's Chief Strategy Officer
Our Chief Strategy Officer Jon Leland adds, “There’s a common misconception that creators need to ‘graduate’ from Kickstarter but, especially in the tabletop industry, that isn’t the case. This partnership with one of our biggest tabletop games publishers is a testament to the fact that Kickstarter can be part of an ongoing business model that works beyond initial success. This is one example of how we hope to continue finding impactful and creative ways to deepen our relationships with creators of all sizes, across all categories.”
Our research has shown that big projects like the ones from Steamforged help to boost projects from smaller creators. When a big project runs on Kickstarter, the amount of money going to other projects increases, creating a halo effect that benefits the entire Kickstarter community. For example, the 30,000 first-time backers Steamforged has brought to Kickstarter have made an additional 230,000 pledges, totaling more than $18.5 million to more than 30,000 other campaigns on Kickstarter.
We’re looking forward to seeing Steamforged bring more of their projects to life right here on Kickstarter. You can learn more about and support their latest project here.