Atari was met with a hefty amount of negative feedback when they announced that they are using an equity crowdfunding platform, StartEngine, to help bring RollerCoaster Tycoon to the Nintendo Switch. Polygon got to sit down with Fred Chesnais at Atari to speak more about their decision to bring the project to StartEngine. It’s worth noting that Atari has stated that they will bring the game to Nintendo switch no matter how much is gathered from investors.
Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari Game Partners said the following on the matter:
“From a strategy perspective, as a publisher, we are doing this game,” Chesnais said. “From a financial perspective and cost of capital perspective, it makes sense for Atari to try and test some new sources of funding to see if these sources could be available down the road for more games.”
When put to task about the probability of reaching the campaign maximum of $1.07 million, the CEO had this to say:
“I don’t know,” he said. “For me, it’s irrelevant. What relevant for me is not the percentage of funding. What is relevant for me is, can crowdfunding constitute a source of financing for my portfolio of more than 200 games?”