The Magpie Collection: An IndieGoGo Campaign to Help Replace Stolen Equipment

At A MAZE. / Berlin €17,000 worth of electricals was stolen, now the creative minds who had their stuff lifted from them have taken to IndieGoGo to crowdfund replacements.

During this years A MAZE. / Berlin festival, many indie game developers (and artists of all types) had their equipment stolen. They have since taken to crowdfunding website IndieGoGo to raise the total cost of everything taken, which equals roughly €17,000/£12,600/$19,200, the campaign is called The Magpie Collection. The money is going towards helping anyone who had their equipment stolen.

The A MAZE. / Berlin is an indie game festival all about creativity and experimentation and held on April 22 through 24.

Why Magpie?

If you don't know Magpies are the thieves of the bird kingdom, they will steal eggs and young birds, which for a creative individual their equipment is their child or egg.

No money raised is going into the developers pockets, it's only going towards equipment. In the case that the campaign beats its goal, all the extra money is going to charity, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer's Research UK.

If you pledge €10 or more you get a collection of limited edition games, music, and artwork from the creative minds who had their livelihoods stolen.

What do you think of this approach to having your kit snatched? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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Published May. 6th 2015
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I absolutely LOVE the campaign video for this IndieGoGo - very funny, loads of charm. I'm also a big fan of the fact that the games made here are actually going to be limited edition. Humble bundle is great, but it's hard to argue that some of these indie devs are getting sick of people saying "Oh, I'll just buy it when it's on sale."

    I wonder if limited edition games (not limited edition versions of games) might become more popular. That would be SUPER neat to see play out.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    It would be interesting to see... I wonder if it could even work... or if it would turn into an elitist fight...

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