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Adult Crowd Funding Site Offbeatr is Shutting Down


Offbeatr, the adult crowd funding site dubbed the “Kickstarter for porn”, is shutting down. With only a simple alert on their website to make the announcement, the shut down will take place today, February 5th 2016.

2016 has certainly been eventful. Beloved cultural icons are dropping like flies, the world is supposed to end (again), and everyone is generally losing their minds. Nobody is safe, and it seems as though our world of adult entertainment is about to lose something too. Offbeatr, the adult crowdfunding site aimed at porn producers, is shutting down. For those of you who are unaware, Offbeatr is (or was) a popular resource for creative types looking to produce material. The site was aimed at allowing creators to crowdfund their naughty projects, whether it be a video game, event or other media. The great thing about Offbeatr is that it provided an opportunity for the adult community, as the site dealt in the funding of triple X content, something that other sources don’t allow.

Just like its contemporaries, Offbeatr would allow users to vote on and pledge funding to their favorite projects. Once a project had received enough votes, it became open for business. We’ve even covered some of those games here, such as the girly-boy dating sim A Life in Silk. As of February 2013, the site had successfully handled over $70,000 in pledges, with a huge chunk of that coming from none other than the furry fandom. Furries themselves are an economic powerhouse, as any furry artist will tell you. While this likely kept Offbeatr afloat, when you really get down to it – $70,000 isn’t really that much money, even for 6 months.

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When you consider that Kickstarter services around $529 million pledges in a single year, there’s a possibility that Offbeatr just wasn’t doing well enough. Of course, we can’t say this for sure and it wouldn’t be right to do so, but speculation is likely. That’s mostly due to the way Offbeatr announced the closure; if you head to Offbeatr’s website right now (if it’s not shut down already), you’ll find a yellow banner simply titled “Offbeatr shutting down”. The banner goes on to give the date of closure, effective immediately on February 5th, 2016, as well as some additional info for unfulfilled projects. It really came out of nowhere, and we really don’t have much more information other than what’s already been stated.

If you happen to have funded something lately, Offbeatr suggest getting in contact with the creator. Of course, if you are the creator, that’s not very helpful. It’s likely, however, that creators will have received some form of notification from Offbeatr themselves, or at least one would hope so. There’s a number of projects that are still active too, with varying levels of funding, so it’s hard to say what will happen to these going forward. Should we receive a response from Offbeatr in regards of what to expect, we will update accordingly to make sure everyone knows what’s going on. For now though, contact those running the projects as your first priority. Goodbye Offbeatr, we hardly knew ye.

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  • scemar

    What a shame since the other crowdfund options are against nsfw content

  • Pope Francis

    Patreon is the best way for NSFW content to get funding I guess

    • Pseudo

      Can we consider this a papal endorsement?

      • Pope Francis

        Sure I give you my holy blessing

      • Amen

    • Godmars

      doesn’t Patreon have a habit of canceling/blocking project they don’t like?

      • Floreum

        You may be getting confused, they only disable PayPal option if they find out you do NSFW, alternatively you can disable this yourself. You can still pay via credit card however.

        • Pope Francis

          There are plenty of NSFW creators on patreon such as Studio Fow. Floreum is correct about the credit card option & if your outside the US you can use Payoneer for bank transfers

  • YuneKirby

    Not a huge surprise. I backed a couple things there, but project owners complained that their rates were way too high. Don’t quote me on the number, but I think Offbeatr took something like 40% off the top.

    Edit: I double checked. Offbeatr was taking a minimum 20% of the project’s take, with smaller projects having to pay 25%. Compare this to the 8-10% that Kickstarter takes.

    • Damn if that is true no wonder they went out of business

    • BeholdMyPower

      Bloody hell, anything in that region is bound to be off-putting for small time devs.

    • Scott Snelling

      I’d noticed this as well quite a while ago. Blew my mind.

  • Oh wow I didn’t even know they existed, can the lewdgamer staff highlight sites like this in the future?

    • This site had a deposit requirement related to the funding sum you were looking to raise. This is rather offputting or was offputting for a chunk of developers I knew. So only those that already had some capital could really aim to gain from it.

      • Oh wow, guess nothing of value was lost then!

        • Scott Snelling

          Well in something like 2 years of operation, only around a dozen games showed up on the site, and most failed to receive their funding goal.
          The site was trash, honestly.

    • Pseudo

      We’ll definitely get stuff out there as we find out about it! For now, Patreon seems to be the main way people go about things, and it’ll probably stay that way for the forseeable. I personally don’t know of too many alternatives to funding, but there are a lot of platforms to release adult games on that we talk about.