It always makes me mad when I see someone try to piggy-back off of another legitimate crowdfunding campaign but it especially drives me crazy when it’s with as deserving a game as Columnae. Today we were witness to someone creating a fake campaign on Indiegogo in order to make a quick buck. It’s scams like these that give not just the site they’re on a bad name but also the project that they stole the assets from.
Apparently someone had discovered that an Indiegogo page was tossed up today and quickly let Columnae’s developer, Jovan Vesic, know about it. Not long after the update telling backers about it, he let Indiegogo know about the fake page. No sooner was I ready to write this article and Indiegogo got back to him that they had taken it down and suspended the accounts of those audacious enough to try something this heinous. The fact that it even happened at all is bad enough.
I joked that they had made it when they got the attention of scammers but in reality this kind of thing does nothing but hurt the reputation of everyone involved. It’s sad to see this happen but it’s especially depressing when it’s one that shows so much promise as Columnae. It’s also sad to know that scams happen way too often. I’m just glad to know that everyone was on top of things this time that nobody got fooled by this blatant attempt at a cash grab.
And I hope that the culprits have learned from this that it doesn’t pay to piss off a crowdfunding platform.