AN entrepreneuring young man from Hemel Hempstead, along with a small international team, has secured $63,000 in just 30 days to fund a new games project.
James Broom, 23, known as Broomie, lives in Botley Road, Woodhall Farm, and works with a team called Infamous Quests, made up of people from all over the globe including the US, Europe and Australia.
The group, headed up by American Steven Alexander, met on a game development forum back in 2004 when James was just 14.
Since then the team has grown after making freely available remakes of classic games King’s Quest 3 and Space Quest 2, which have collectively had one million downloads.
Now they used a new platform for generating funding called Kickstarter to help launch their first professional title.
Kickstarter allows teams or individuals to present an idea online, whether that be a game, film, or other project, and ask people to invest in an idea if they like the look of it.
Originally asking for $25,000 the team ended up bagging $63,000 in just 30 days to enable them to make a brand new game, Quest For Infamy.
James, who works full time as a web moderator, but is marketing and writing for the new game, said: “It’s very much a retro adventure game, and I think the support we’ve received shows how many people are interested in them.
“Kickstarter is a great way of enabling projects like ours and it was so amazing how quickly we reached our target of $25,000, and exceeded it.
“It gives us a great incentive, although working around our jobs means the game willwill take a year to complete.”
l Find out more about the game and the team behind it at www.infamous-quests.com