New ‘Shaq-Fu’ Project Surpasses $450,000 Crowdfunding Goal

Top backers paid up to $35,000 for special perks

Shaq on his phone

Shaquille O'Neal's crowdfunded project is a spiritual successor to the original 'Shaq-Fu' created in the '90s. (Image:Indiegogo)

On March 6, retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal announced his Indiegogo crowdfunding project for his reboot of the widely panned 1994 2D fighting game, ‘Shaq-Fu,’ which starred O’Neal.

Despite the original game’s reputation, the new game, ‘Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn,’ surpassed its goal of $450,000 and ended up with $473,884.

Perks for donating included copies of the game, limited edition posters, extra downloadable content and a T-shirt.

More expensive perks were available as well. You could have Shaq record a personalized voicemail message to the tune of $250, or have him follow you on Instagram for $500.

Of the 1,340 backers, one paid $20,000 to have dinner with Shaq, while another paid $35,000 to have him perform as a DJ at a party.

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The game development company, Big Deez Productions, expressed their thanks on the Indiegogo page. “It was fantastic to see how hard everyone worked into the last days and hours of the campaign,” said Oliver Hollis-Leick, writer and designer at Big Deez. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you.”

In the course of the crowdfunding project, Big Deez also released concept art for various characters, including an Arsenio Hall character and the cast of Inside the NBA.

There’s no release date announced, but the team is keeping a development diary so donors can follow their progress.

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