Local Entrepreneurs Aim to bring Video Game Business to the Richmond Area
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
A new business enterprise is hoping to bring video games to the Richmond area through the power of crowd sourced funding.
New company Flintlock Studios have launched their first video game project onto the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. If funding for the project is successful they will be able to expand their premises and create jobs for designers and developers in the area.
Kickstarter is a website which allows companies and individuals to create projects in need of funding, with the hope of finding potential funders. The funding comes from interested parties, who can pledge any amount from £1 and normally receive rewards from the project creators for doing so. The projects have a time limit and if a project fails to reach it's funding target within the given time period then no money is exchanged, Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform.
Flintlock Studios' project, Spirit of Sail, is a tactical seafaring game set in the Caribbean c.1730. Players will find themselves immersed in a world where trade is rife and privateers hunt pirates across the seas. Players will have the opportunity to create their own crew and ship and follow the path of a pirate, privateer, merchant or explorer.
Flintlock Studios are the first games development company to set up in the Richmond area and are currently a small two man team. Working on their first game Spirit of Sail every spare moment they have, the team claim it is tiring but also incredibly rewarding work. “It would be great to be able to expand and create jobs in the area,” says Jon Hughes, Community Coordinator at Flintlock Studios.
“Kickstarter is a great place for small projects like ours to get the funding they need to expand and make things happen, it's also a rare opportunity for the people interested in the project to get involved on a higher level.”
Flintlock Studios has set a funding goal of £55,000 which needs to be reached by the 22nd November for the project to be a success. For parties interested in supporting the project, more details can be found on www.spiritofsail.net or searching for Spirit of Sail at www.kickstarter.com