An increasing number of individuals and companies are leveraging the ready-made mechanisms of Kickstarter and Indiegogo for projects that are far removed from the grassroots spirit.

Consider Irvine-based video game company Obsidian Entertainment. The 80-employee firm is the larger of two examples cited in a Take Two report by KPCC’s Ben Bergman. Through a Kickstarter campaign that ended October 16, Obsidian raised just under $4 million for the development of Project Eternity:

At $15, where most people donate, you’re basically prepaying for the game to get a 50-percent discount. At $3,000, you get a custom designed portrait in the game.

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