- Oct 25, 2017
You offered some vague notion that Kickstarter should "hold developers accountable," and then jeer that I wasn't able to completely guess your meaning. What specifically would you like them to do in this instance? They have no legal standing to sue and no real authority over Ys Net or Deep Silver. They can ban Ys Net from using the service for projects in the future, or issue a statement that they feel refunds should be handed out, but none of that is really punitive enough to be a deterrent in the future. A developer that is insistent on burning its backers can still do it.Missing the point seems to be your forte, so let me straighten this out for you: Future gaming projects will be affected by this. Guaranteed. And if Kickstarter hopes to ever win back the trust for aspiring developers to use their platform - this kind of indifference would eventually rule gaming out of their ecosystem.
Kickstarter is not trying to prevent creators from being bought ought. They do not want equity/stock to be sold on their own website, because then Kickstarter would have to be licensed and regulated in the same fashion as a stock broker or investment bank, undergoing all the same government oversight. That adds a ton of liability and a ton of overhead that messes up their business model. It also prevents small projects from ever being started because all the due diligence isn't worth it for projects with small goals.
I'm not sure why this is relevant to Shenmue 3 though. Deep Silver hasn't bought Ys Net. Fig offers equity in their game crowdfunding, but to my knowledge developers aren't selling enough of it to give backers a controlling interest collectively. Large decisions like distribution platforms would probably still be the domain of company executives. Equity for the backers here would also seriously complicate things in a situation like this too, because if switching to Epic represents the biggest ROI then management is then kinda obligated to make that move -- the best decision for investors might not be making a product in the way the backers wanted, so it creates a rather weird conflict.
I am not talking about the failure of the crowdfunding campaign.
I am talking about the failure of the projects themselves -- failure to either deliver a product as promised or failure to deliver any kind of product at all. Kickstarter offers really no protection or assurance against that.