Areal Kickstarter project has funding suspended22 Jul 2014
The twisting tale of the Areal project appears to have reached its conclusion as Kickstarter suspends all funding. According to Kickstarter guidelines, “once a project has been suspended it cannot be undone” so this is the end of the road for this particular fundraising effort.
Areal appeared to have reached its funding goal of $50,000 USD over the weekend, but questions were still being asked about where the sudden influx of an additional $20,000 USD had come from, as well as misrepresentation of stock Unity assets as work from an original, in-house graphics engine. Perhaps the most surreal aspect of all was a claim from developer West Games that they had received a letter of support from Vladimir Putin, and a tirade against the gaming media who had dared to question the validity of the project.
Kickstarter’s Trust and Safety team will only suspend a project for one (or more) of the following reasons, so it’s safe to say that evidence of at least one of these was uncovered:
— Misrepresentation of support, through self-pledging
— Misrepresentation or failure to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator
— The creator provides inaccurate or incomplete user information to Kickstarter or one of our partners
— The characteristics of the creator account overlap with the characteristics of backer accounts that pledged to their project
— A party related to the creator is posing as an independent, supportive party in project comments or elsewhere
— The creator is presenting someone else’s work as their own
— The creator is offering purchased items, claiming to have made them
I’d hazard a guess at it being one of the first two. All pledges for Areal will now be cancelled.