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CEO behind Warcraft and StarCraft vets’ new strategy game defends asking players to invest in the studio, even after raising $35 million across fundraising efforts

The CEO of a new studio of Warcraft and StarCraft vets has spoken more about the decision to ask players to directly invest in the studio to support its upcoming real-time strategy game, Stormgate, after already raising millions in funding from other studios and a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.

Frost Giant, a team full of veteran devs from the Warcraft series and StarCraft 2, already saw Stormgate reach enormous success on Kickstarter, with prospective players collectively pitching in $2,380,701, despite the funding goal being a fraction of that at $100,000. However, it was announced in February that Frost Giant was also turning to equity funding, allowing players to invest in the actual studio and support Stormgate’s early access launch, which is set to arrive later this year. This funding is additional to the $34.7 million in Seed and Series A funding received since the studio opened its doors, from investors such as Kakao Games and Riot Games.

In a new interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Frost Giant CEO Tim Morten defends the move to seek out equity funding, stating that making a game that “really stands as the next-generation RTS” requires “a lot of investment.” He adds that the funding that the studio has raised to date is still significantly less than the budget of many AAA games releasing today.

“The reality is that big games that get made today are spending in excess of $100 million,” Morten begins. “So, for us to go up against AAA games, for us to be a game that really stands as the next-generation RTS of the coming years, it does require a lot of investment.

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