Crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has suffered its first publicised scam.
The scam was unearthed when posters on several forums, including Reddit, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Something Awful realised that the majority of the content on the game’s Kickstarter page was cribbed from other sources.
The project had $4,739 (£2,922) in pledges out of a target of $80,000 at the point it was pulled by its creator.
Kickstarter could not provide comment at this time. The site has successfully funded nearly 22,000 schemes since it was created in 2009.
Mythic Cancelled projects
Both Kickstarter and project creators have cancelled projects that appeared to have been fraudulent. Questions were raised about the projects in internet communities related to the fields of the projects. The concerns raised were: apparent copying of graphics from other sources; unrealistic performance or price claims; and failure of project sponsors to deliver on prior Kickstarter projects. Cancelled projects include:
- Eye3 camera drone helicopter for unrealistic performance promises, photos copied from other commercial products, and failure of creators to deliver on an earlier Kickstarter project.
- ”Mythic” adventure game for copying graphics from other games and unrealistic performance promises.
- Tech-Sync Power System for failing to provide photos of the prototype and sudden departure of project creator.