Kickstarter Suspends 'Areal' Crowd-Funding Campaign

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While we do not know specifically why it happened as of this writing, Kickstarter has apparently suspended the crowd-funding campaign for West Game's "spiritual successor" to STALKER. The Arreal Kickstarter page currently list the campaign as "suspended" even thought the project has been fully funded by the community.

West Games has had a hard time since it launched the campaign for its game, with individuals associated with the STALKER games series like members of Vostoc Games (a company formed after the original game developer GSC Gameworld dissolved) accusing it of overstating its involvement in the original game, for using art that it did not own the rights to to promote the Kickstarter, and many other accusations.

While all this was going on, West Games still managed to get the project funded - raking in $64,928 from 1,090 backers. West Games initially asked for $50,000.

We will have more on this story as it develops.


Comments

Re: Kickstarter Suspends 'Areal' Crowd-Funding Campaign

TBH i wonder about that video.. just watched the video they have posted, and as they're describing Areal, they show a ton of photage from S.T.A.L.K.E.R instead...

I can def see them taking heat for advertising their product using video from someone elses IP. 

 

Re: Kickstarter Suspends 'Areal' Crowd-Funding Campaign

'While all this was going on, West Games still managed to get the project funded - raking in $64,928 from 1,090 backers. West Games initially asked for $50,000.'

I don't think kickstarter releases the funds until AFTER the project is finished.

See Kickstarter FAQ: 

If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

Kickstarter doesn't issue refunds as transactions are between backers and creators directly. Creators receive all funds (less fees) soon after their campaign ends. Creators have the ability to refund backers through Amazon Payments (for US projects) and Kickstarter (for non-US projects).

So West End Games should not have gotten any money at all from there attempt at this point as Kickstarter holds funds until the project has successfully completed.

Re: Kickstarter Suspends 'Areal' Crowd-Funding Campaign

even thought the project has been fully funded by the community.

If you count the ~20k by just 2 backers a few days ago, then yes.

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1577656602/areal/

 
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