Following the release of Broken Age Act 1, the Kickstarter that kickstarted the gaming boom on the crowdfunding platform, Double Fine's Tim Schafer has reflected on the lessons he and the studio learned from the process.

"We've shipped enough that people can see we weren't kidding, and that's a big relief," Schafer told GamesIndustry. "Because I think there's a lot of pressure on Kickstarter projects, especially the really big Kickstarter projects, to just not screw it up for everybody else."

Schafer added that accepting funding directly from players rather than from a publisher created a different kind of pressure to deliver. "If you take money from a publisher, it's a contract you fulfill or they'll sue you. Here it was just a moral contract with the backers to do right by them, and that felt in some ways a lot stronger. If you found a loophole in a business contract, you could get out of it and not really feel that bad. But here, if the backers were happy, we succeeded. And if they weren't happy, we didn't."

When the studio announced that the money it had raised through crowdfunded was only enough to fund development of the first act, Schafer said he was surprised by the backlash. Part of the problem, he said, was that insight into the game's development was limited to only those who had backed the game.

"People who hadn't been following us all along thought we were out of money and going under," he said. "No, no, no. We were just expanding the game and paying for it ourselves, not asking for more money. Seeing that difference between backers' and non-backers' perspective on the whole thing was illuminating."

"That was really a lesson for us, learning that even though our backers are really well informed, the rest of the world hadn't really heard of us since the Kickstarter happened. It's weird because the Kickstarter experience had been wading in a sea of love from the fans. Because you don't just get money. You get all this positive support from the backers who believe in what you're doing. They hang around and cheer you on. And it was like being dumped from that into this cold pool of Internet Twitter hate. And that was crazy. It was like, 'Oh yeah, right! There's a bunch of people who hate the idea of what we're doing and are waiting to pounce on us if we make a single mistake.'"

Broken Age Act 1 is available now.