Kickstarter has officially opened its virtual doors to Australia and New Zealand, allowing local creators to use the world's biggest crowdfunding website.
Australian and New Zealand creators wishing to use Kickstarter can now start using the Kickstarter website, the crowdfunding giant announced today. But backers are going to have to wait — project funding isn't being launched until 13 November.
"We thought the month-long gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching," Kickstarter said. "Beginning 13 November, they can launch and share their projects with the world."
Local projects will appear on the global Kickstarter home page, but backers will be able to search by location to filter them, and all projects will be listed in local currency. According to Kickstarter, the fees will also be similar to what Canada pays — 5 per cent for successfully funded projects and no fee for unsuccessful projects.
For backers, payments will operate a little differently. "The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc) are identical for all projects," Kickstarter wrote. "When pledging, however, backers of Australia- and New Zealand-based projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor."
While creators wait for the launch, they can also attend "Kickstarter School", a workshop program run by the company to help creators launch and run their campaigns. These can be found here for Australia, and New Zealand workshops can be found here.