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I have a game concept which I wish to develop but don't have the funding to begin it.

What should I do?

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I would also alter the title; currently it looks like an auto spambot. Maybe 'How to develop a concept and gain funding' might be good? –  The Communist Duck Oct 30 '10 at 13:28
    
Since I can't seem to edit my comment, I would also like to say @gary: It may be business oriented, but trying to get a game concept funding is quite a different process to most business type ideas. If I worded that right and read the right stuff. –  The Communist Duck Oct 30 '10 at 14:12
    
Deleted my comment before realizing you responded to it... to make you not look crazy, it went something like this: pitch the idea to someone to get funded or start a company. (The question was poorly written at the time of me commenting so my comment was very general.) –  gary Oct 31 '10 at 3:42
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I recommend that first, you really evaluate your concept. What are the issues in funding it? Why do you need someone to fund it, are you capable of building it yourself (or with some friends) sans-funding?

To put it the best, and nicest way, I can. No one, will fund a AAA quality game (if this is what your concept is in your head) if you don't have a track record of quality selling games.

So what do you do if you are in that boat? The only way to get funding is to make, well... pretty much all of the game without funding. Then you could get people to possibly reimburse you and handle marketing (but you'd be giving away most of your IP in the process more than likely) but if funding is what you need that's where you are.

In the event that you need funding to pay people to develop your idea because you are just an idea guy, you are going to need to learn some if not all of the skills (to some capacity) necessary so that you can make the demos that attract people to work on your titles.

But yes, this question has been asked time and time again. I recommend you read.. well everything here:

Sloperama Game Development Advice FAQ

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+1 for the Sloperama link. Definitely a must-read for anyone pursuing a career in the game industry. –  Ari Patrick Oct 30 '10 at 14:42
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Without specific details about your game development background, your game, etc, it is difficult to answer your question. Could you please edit your question with details about the following:

  • What is your game development background?
  • Have you ever made a game before?
  • Is your current game idea similar (or smaller) in scope to previous games you've developed?
  • How large is the game idea scope?
  • What specifically are you trying to raise funds for?

Understand that although these questions are fairly personal, they just scratch the surface of what any potential investor might ask. I'm not asking that you disclose your complete game idea, just the information necessary for people here to give you answers that are accurate for your situation.

Below are some resources I think you may find useful:

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