Kickstarter Game Developer Caught in Squatting Scandal
Posted on Friday, July 25 @ 18:00:00 PST by Nicholas Tan
Maksym Pashanin, the developer behind the fully-funded Kickstarter video game Confederate Express (which you can't spell without "con"), has been caught in an AirBnB scandal that has received nationwide attention.
Cory Tschogi, the owner of a condo in Palm Springs, Calirfornia, entered an agreement on the popular website Airbnb with Pashanin and his brother to host them at the property for a 44-day period between May 25 and July 8. Most people who offer their homes through Airbnb have no trouble receiving payment, but the duo refused to pay at the end of 30 days or to leave the premises.
In many states, that would be easy grounds for eviction, but in California, squatters rights state that renders that occupy a property for longer than 30 consecutive days become full-time tenants on a month-to-month lease. Tschogi attempted to cut off electricity but received a text as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
If these allegations are true, then I have only two words: dick move.
This isn't the only point of controversy, either. The roguelike adventure title Confederate Express received over $39,000 out of its initial $10,000 goal, but it was committed to a June 2014 release. When backers began questioning their investment, he offered a reward pack for another game; however, that game was another Kickstarter title by Kilobite called Knuckle Club (sitting at $742 out of a the $25,000 goal). So whatever attempt at making the backers feel less swindled didn't work.
According to the latest update on the project posted on July 20, an investment group has stepped in, causing delays to the title's development schedule:
Unfortunately, that was four days before the Airbnb incident gained the attention of CNN. Oh, just can't escape that "poor decision-making," eh? In fact, this entire incident seems like an indie developer not making the right decisions in planning, finances, and communication. The word "clusterf***" comes to mind.
That said, the Pashanin brothers should move out and get this entire Airbnb scandal behind them. I hope that Confederate Express and Knuckle Club see a release because they actually look solid as pixel-based games, and those who backed Confederate Express should at least see the game exist. (Do they have squatter's rights to this game now?)
[Thanks, Necrowolf, for the tip!]
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