/// Kickstarter Project Accused of "Scam" Suspended, Developer Quits Ouya Contest (Update)

September 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital


The Kickstarter project for Victory Square Games’ Ouya game Elementary, My Dear Holmes has been suspended, and all backers’ money has been refunded. Until it came under fire last week, the game had been a participant in an Ouya-run contest on Kickstarter, the Free the Games Fund , which promised to match the funds raised on the crowdfunding site for eligible projects. At the time of its suspension, Elementary had raised $58,770, with an initial goal of $50,000. Now that the project has been suspended, presumably by Kickstarter, Victory Square CEO Sam Chandola said the company currently has “no plans to be part of Free The Games again.” “We wanted to get on top of this and did not want anything to do with any of what was happening as it was an extremely negative campaign for us,” Chandola wrote in a message sent to the project’s backers. “Strong personal accusations were going up against us, and it was a huge drain on our time, energy and resources.” Among those accusations: that someone created fake donors to push the project into eligibility for the Ouya matching funds. Chandola maintains that Victory Square did not game the system. “We had been hoping that the suspicious accounts would have been suspended so that we could keep on going strong and without controversy, but instead it was the project that got so,” he wrote. “We are, naturally, deeply saddened by this. But if this is what it takes to put an end to the negativity, so be it.” An Ouya representative called the project’s suspension “unfortunate.” Chandola said in a separate email that the studio is “looking for financing through venture capitalists.” In the message to backers, he claimed Victory Square is “already in talks with some Venture Capitalists who are willing to back this project privately.” Kickstarter did not immediately responded to a request for comment. However, MogoTXT — the creators of the other Ouya game accused of gaming Kickstarter — plans to continue the project for its game, Gridiron Thunder. “There is no change in our plans,” MogoTXT CEO Andy Won told AllThingsD . “As we have been for many weeks now, we are completely focused on our game development.”

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