Newell says fans should fund games

Valve boss wants to change business models

Industry soothsayer and Valve boss Gabe Newell has been talking to Good Game (thanks Kotaku), where he moots the novel idea that gaming communities could fund the creation of new titles, rather than monolithic publishers.

The problem at present is this, according to Newell: "Right now, what typically happens is you have this budget - it needs to be huge, it has to be 10m - 30m USD, and it has to be all available at the beginning of the project. There's a huge amount of risk associated with those dollars and decisions have to be incredibly conservative."

The big cheese wants to see more gamers taking an active role; investing in the development of games they'd like to see made: "What I think would be much better would be if the community could finance the games. In other words, 'Hey, I really like this idea you have. I'll be an early investor in that and, as a result, at a later point I may make a return on that product, but I'll also get a copy of that game.'"

What do you make of this idea, players?

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