Last month, Kickstarter announced that they would soon open up to projects based in Australia and New Zealand - but didn't give an exact timeframe for the launch. Wonder no more, today the company says that people in those regions can start building their projects today.
This month-long preparatory period is nothing new for Kickstarter. They did the same thing when they first launched in the UK and more recently, when they finally launched in Canada. Speaking of Canada, the company just announced that they saw over $3 million in pledges in the first month of being live in the country.
As with the UK and Canada, launching into Australia and New Zealand is a pretty simple transition for Kickstarter. There won't be a separate site for Australia-based projects - they'll be integrated into the rest of the projects on the main site. Projects will be listed in AUD and NZD, and anyone in the world can make pledges toward them. The only real difference between projects based in the US and those based in Australia and New Zealand is in the payments.
"The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for all projects. 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," says Kickstarter.
Creators in Australia & New Zealand can start building projects…now! http://t.co/T9DDPDEqjV
— Kickstarter (@kickstarter) October 14, 2013
Earlier this week, Kickstarter crossed the 50,000 successfully funded projects milestone.
Image via Kickstarter Australia