Usually, the warning is “buyer beware” when it comes to Kickstarter campaigns. But an indie developer was left heartbroken after it turned out that what seemed to be a pledge to save its project was fraudulent.
Dutch developer 2Awesome Studio was seeking €30,000 for its comicbook styled sci-fi adventure, Dimension Drive. Just hours before the campaign wrapped up, they received a €7,000 pledge from a backer known only as Jonathan.
The people behind the studio were overjoyed and tweeted thanks to their mysterious backer.
Their joy was short lived. Kickstarter informed the team that the €7,000 was fraudulent and that the money had been pulled. As a result, Dimension Drive’s Kickstarter campaign failed.
Kickstarter has banned the user’s account, but some are hoping that the site will compensate the developers in some way. The project currently stands a little under €7,000 short of its target. A number of high profile developers have said that they will pledge money if Kickstarter grants the developer an extension.