As many of you know I'm a recovering KickStarter-aholic, and if you've ever talked to me you'd know that I'm not huge into digital projects any more, but am willing to throw in for a solid physical project. The problem is that there is no 100% guarantee that any project, even if successfully funded, will come into being.
This of course has had KickStarter revise the rules, and whatnot, but there are still those projects out there that somehow still end up screwing over the people who put their belief and trust in a project. The project, The Doom that Came to Atlantic City, is the first one that has had an a FTC (Federal Trades Commission) lawsuit go completely through, and definitely opens the door for more crowdfunded projects to have the same results if the creators fail to deliver on the product.
Apparently the money that was raise, over $120,000, was spent on rent, moving costs to Oregon, personal equipment and more. In the end they tried to just say that the project was cancelled as they ran out of money, oh and they are sorry.
So basically most people funded $75 for nothing but broken dreams. Well the FTC is making the group pay it all back, or and for those who did want the game it appears that another studio has picked up the pieces and is making the game so that everyone can partake in it if they want.
As much as it pains me to see this, the thing is that this happens from time to time, there are so many more projects out there that deliver on their promises than don't, but of course its those that fail to deliver that tend to taint everyone's perception of how things happen on KickStarter.