“One of the areas that I am super interested in right now is how we can do financing from the community. In other words, ‘Hey, I really like this idea you have. I’ll be an early investor in that and, as a result, at a later point I may make a return on that product, but I’ll also get a copy of that game.'”
— Gabe Newell
Over at IGN, Rus McLaughlin takes this idea gives it some kick:
The idea of gamer community-funded game development interests me, sort of like PBS with more headshots.