$50K in less than 48 hours to resurrect gaming website

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MO, the new mascot of Massively Overpowered, massivelyop.net.

On Feb. 3 staff at Massively were let go by AOL. By Feb. 7 former staff launched a Kickstarter campaign, and in less than 48 hours they had the money they needed to carry on as massivelyop.net. A new site was launched Feb. 11.

“We’re literally running on love right now,” editor Bree Royce said in a summary of first week operations. “We won’t see a penny for quite a bit after the Kickstarter ends. But this has been so worth it. Thank you, all of you, for making a full-fledged MOP possible!”

With 19 days to go, the Massively Overpowered campaign has raised $62,000 from 1,300 funders.

A very similar story played out last month for an alternative weekly in Knoxville, TN. There the Metro Pulse was disbanded by its parent company. Coury Turczyn shredded his non-compete clause and banded with other former editors and freelancers raised $61,000 to launch Knoxville Mercury.

Also Read: The Quinnspiracy and Jimquisition: #Gamergate’s crowdfunding legacy

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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