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When anyone decides to back any project on websites like Kickstarter or Fig, their hope is that if funded, their money will go into making the project a success. It’s an investment into the future of that product. And with video games, backers are hoping to finally get a chance to play the game for themselves. But in the case of crowdfunded game, Ant Simulator, there are alleged claims that the money didn’t quite go into creating the game.
Lead developer of Ant Simulator, Eric Tereshinski, unexpectedly announced the cancellation of the game and his resignation after discovering that his business partners allegedly threw away backers’ funded money on booze and strippers.
After finding out the news, Tereshinski actually took to YouTube to post a video about the situation. You can view that video below.
The video is extremely hard to listen to because the sound of dread, anger and embarrassment is just emanating from his voice. You can almost feel the knots in his stomach.
Ant Simulator was in development for a year and a half and showed promise in gameplay and even had later plans of adding a virtual reality experience. Tereshinski’s company, ETeeski, was actually collecting funds and running the campaign through its own website. You can view the trailer for the alpha-version of the game below.
Just as the title sounds, the game literally lets you experience the world through the eyes of an ant, and it looked like it would’ve been a unique and impressive game developed in the Unity 5 game engine. In response to the news, Tereshinski said,
I’m very pissed off I lost money. I lost over a year in work. And I lost a game that I loved and I was proud of and I was really looking forward to releasing on Steam and PS4. It was supposed to be my first big step in really taking a shot at making video games as a career. But I have to start over now.
Eric Tereshinski states in the video that he is trying to get people refunds, but as expected, that probably won’t be for a bit yet.
In a recent update, Tereshinski’s ex-partners, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley, told Game Informer,
It’s completely false. I don’t know why he’s painting that picture, but the reality is that anything that was spent in a bar or restaurant was very reasonable in nature when you look at any business, including video game companies. It was part of our operating budget, it’s not anything that was excessive. It was all reported to the IRS. The picture he’s painting about that is 100 percent bull****.
Monce went on to say that there were no opportunities for embezzlement because Tereshinski had complete control over all of the financial data. Both Monce and Staley claimed that after Thanksgiving last year, Tereshinski cut communications with the company, which for some reason included closing the company’s business accounts. Monce said he took control of everything, including social media accounts, the website and bank accounts. Monce told Game Informer,
My personal theory is that he wanted to take it all for himself and cut us out of it. We made it clear that we weren’t going to let him do that, because we had a moral and legal right not to.
Details are all still very fuzzy with many allegations and claims from both sides. If any other information arises, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the situation.