Troll Pretends to Fund Kickstarter; Devastates Developer
Running a successful Kickstarter as a developer is hard work. Some people have likened it to a full-time job, where you have to constantly keep your game in the public eye. It's stressful, especially in the final days of running the Kickstarter when you're just a little bit shy of making your goal (and your dreams) a reality.
2Awesome Studios were in the final day of their Kickstarter with their goal in site, $7K needed to make their $30k Euro goal when suddenly they were there. Right under the wire, they hit their goal with one large benefactor. Dimension Drive was successfully funded.
Except it wasn't.
Around the time their Kickstarter clock hit midnight, 2Awesome Studios was informed that the donation was fraudulent, and therefore they hadn't made their $30K goal.
Somebody pledge 7k to our Kickstarter just to be taken a way in the last moment. Trolling our end of #Kickstarter. Funded and it's gone— 2Awesome Studio (@2AwesomeStudio) May 13, 2015
All the official word has been from 2Awesome Studios right now, who are currently dealing with the devastation that comes from almost making their Kickstarter goal just to have it taken away. The user is apparently a confirmed troll:
@SpeerofD3stiny Not exactly, he was a troll and did this in several campaigns. In our case was in the last moment getting us FAKE funded— 2Awesome Studio (@2AwesomeStudio) May 13, 2015
There's been no official word yet on what 2Awesome Studio is going to do after their Kickstarter. If you want to learn more Dimension Drive you can check out their Kickstarter page; unfortunately, the funding window has passed.
GameSkinny StaffMay 14, 2015, 11:19 amContributorThat is incredibly brutal :(
Farrel NobelMay 14, 2015, 2:10 amCorrespondentWow that must really suck... Trolls should stay away from kickstarter man, they just ruined some dude's DREAMS. smh
The Soapbox LordMay 14, 2015, 1:11 amFeatured ContributorInstead of witch hunts, I propose troll hunts. I'll brandish the pitchforks.
Elijah BeahmMay 13, 2015, 9:32 pmFeatured ColumnistI sincerely hope the developers can bounce back from this, and that this troll is banned from Kickstarter's website.
Amanda WallaceMay 14, 2015, 12:45 amFormer Staff EditorIt's just such a cruel and thoughtless joke.