by Ahmad Khan
Cliqist is investigating the new crowdfunding site World Wide Funder due to number of sketchy projects that are relaunching over there, such as Stalker Apocalypse. I encourage current crowdfunding enthusiasts, as well as indie game fans, to read that article before deciding to pledge money toward this crowdfunding platform.
Where there is West Games there is Space Enigma Studios following closely behind with its own infamous Project Tool. Yes sir, Areal/Stalker Apocalypse has a twin sibling called Project Tool. Previously titled Space Pioneer over at Kickstarter, the game failed to be funded because it was correctly accused of plagiarizing artwork and game assets much like West Games’ Areal did. Developer Space Enigma Studios is now calling itself W.A.R.P. and have relaunched Project Tool via World Wide Funder.
According to its project description, the folks behind Project Tool want: “to create a game that has unique gameplay, a cinematic feel and a story that’s full of surprises. Project Tool is a sprawling 3rd person action RPG that features a storyline which centers around Earth’s source of life being taken away.” The project is asking for a whopping $500,000 and the project’s end date is set at February 13, 2015.
For backers that followed both of these projects, both Space Enigma Studios and West Games are registered (now lapsed) out of Las Vegas, NV. Space Pionner was registered by a person by the name of Max Kovtun, while West Game is registered to a person named Leonid Kovtun. Sounds eerily familiar to the Pashanin brothers from another well known project (Knuckle Club/Confederate Express), doesn’t it? Folks will remember Leonid as the person that West Game acknowledged would be receiving all the funds collected from West Games’ Areal Kickstarter.
When confronted by backers last time both Space Enigma Studios and West Games refused to answer who either of these individuals were and in what capacity they were involved with each other – or with these projects. Even though both projects are now live at World Wide Funder, there is no sign of the two Kovtuns. Any future development will be promptly reported on Cliqist as new details emerge.
Warning: Money is taken immediately on World Wide Funder. You cannot cancel your pledge like on Kickstarter. As soon as you pledge, the money is gone. Pledge at your own risk.
[author image=”http://cliqist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ahmad.jpg” ]Ahmad Khan grew up playing video games. A fan of RPGs and Post-Apocalypse games, Khan instantly fell in love with crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGogo that made games like Wasteland 2 and Project Eternity a reality. He also ended up being sort of a whistle blower for suspicious crowd funding project, believing that the venue of crowdfunding should be reserved for the honest and the passionate, not for the dishonest and dubious. You can stalk Ahmad on both Twitter and Facebook if you feel so inclined.[/author]