Playable Certification back to development

Written by Ron Saikowski, December 20th, 2017

The other week, I posted about Playable Certification and posed the question, "Should we be funding this?" There were a number of tough questions asked and the discussion that followed on Facebook pulled no punches.

After the last few weeks of what I imagine to be product feedback from the community that might not have been what they were looking for, the team over at Playable Certification released a statement yesterday placing their kickstarter campaign on hold.

"First of all, we would like to thank everyone for all the support and interest you have shown us during the last couple of weeks. We have been working non-stop to address all the feedback and questions from you guys, and by doing that, we have been able to take the project one step further in its development.

We have discovered that many of you believe in the project and would be really interested in the final product. For that, we thank you.

Another thing the Kickstarter campaign has helped us understand is that for a big majority of you, having the chance to actually touch and feel the final product with your own hands would be crucial. Being part of the development of the product is not as important.

Because of that, we are now going to cancel the crowdfunding campaign and focus on what really matters for you all; addressing your questions and feedback by developing the project further, in order find the proper solutions that suits you.

So, what happens now? We're getting back to the drawing board.

We’ll carefully study our next steps according to all the feedback we’ve gotten. Then our next big challenge is try to find a way to develop the prototype and work on the quality tests without the funding from Kickstarter.

Thanks again and please don't stop giving us feedback and suggestions on how to make the final product better, it is highly appreciated because this is after all a product made for you.

/PC team"

With the deadline for the kickstarter so close and still having so far to go to reach their goal, I don't think it comes as a surprise that the kickstarter wasn't going to accomplish what they wanted. The financial community backing for product development just wasn't there.

Here's where I think the guys over at Playable Cert get credit though, instead of just thanking everyone and calling it a day, they've taken what the community has told them to heart, changed gears and have started working towards developing their product without asking the community to back it financially.

They're going back to the drawing board as they say to figure this out. I for one hope they do. I hope they're able to secure the financial backing they need for development, continue with the project and address all of the tough questions asked by the community.

Head over to their website and check them out. Let them know what you think.
Here's my original article: Should we be funding things like this?

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