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Furries Pounce on Offbeatr, the ‘Kickstarter for Porn’

Try $39,841 for the Mortal Kombat of sex games.
This single SFW screencap was hard to come by.

This single SFW screencap was hard to come by.

Back in August, we told you about Offbeatr, which aims to be the Kickstarter for porn. Four months in, the site boasts five successful projects, which have raised a total of $60,934. And as the blog Flayrah recently noticed, all of them are furry-themed.

Furries, for those of you who’ve never traversed the deep Internets, are into anthropomorphized depictions of animals. They also like to dress up as animals and, like most fandoms, gather IRL at conventions. The whole deal often has a sexual overtone, which is where Offbeatr comes in.

Flayrah (tagline: “furry food for thought”) points out that it’s furries that are getting traction on the kinky crowdfunding site. TheĀ most successful project, for example, is a fantasy sex game calledĀ “Furoticon Online.” The explanation:

Furoticon Online will allow you to compete in climactic matches of up to 8 players from all around the world! Bring your friends and your mates along to see who is the champion of the bedroom!

The campaign page is hella NSFW, unless you work at a place where graphically erotic images of anthropomorphic animals are a-okay. It’s raised $39,841 from 295 supporters, drawing on an existing fanbase. Furoticon is already a popular card game, and the Offbeatr campaign was simply to raise the case for video game development.

Offbeatr founder Ben Tao told Flayrah that not only was the success of the furry projects not by design, but he also admitted that before they took off, he wasn’t even aware of the community’s existence. But he’s perfectly happy to have them!

Our goal was to build a platform that allowed creative people to explore sexuality and in our minds the furry projects do exactly that. At for us the enjoyment comes out from helping out where prior to us launching there were no legitimate or easy ways to raise funding for adult projects.

So when do we get the TED Talk?

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