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RollerCoaster Tycoon Switch is a planned installment of the RCT franchise published by Atari. This game will be the first one of the series on the groundbreaking Nintendo Switch console. Its funding campaign gathered much negative response.
Following the huge popularity of the Nintendo Switch and its new concept, Atari decided to publish the next mobile installment of the series on the hybrid console. The game will be developed by Nvizzio Creations, who already gathered experience with the RCT brand.
Funding and controversy
The funding campaign was launched on January 23rd, 2018 on StartEngine and was running for 90 days. Alongside with it, a promo video was published on YouTube which had gathered 20,000 views with about 100 likes and 2,000 dislikes after one day. One week later, the video had 50,000 views along with 3,500 dislikes contrasting just 120 likes. After one month, the video had over 56,000 viwes, 145 positive and almost 4,000 negative ratings.
The funding campaign aimed to raise between $10,000 and $1,04 million. It featured investor perks for funding a certain amount of money:
- all investors: option to have your name listed on an Investor's webpage
- at least $250 (which is the minimum amount to invest): earn a pro rata share of 50% of profits up to 120%, after that, a pro rata share of 25% of profits until 18 months after the worldwide launch of the game. (or less percentages of both shares if there is less than $2 million raised in total)
- at least $750: 25% discount on the finished game and above perks
- at least $1,500: one free copy of the regular edition of the book “The Art of Atari” and above perks
The minimum funding amount was soon reached. The funding campaign was met with very negative reception from players, gaming magazines and influencers as well. After one month there were 95 investors that in total would fund for almost $48,000.