[Apr 19, 2013, 08:18 am ET] - Share - Viewing Comments
An update to the Kickstarter
launched last month
developer teamPixel in an effort to fund the purchase of the Homeworld
IP announces they have been outbid for the rights to the sci-fi RTS series
). It is not known at this point who now owns the property, but
since it isn't them, they say they will be refunding the over $50K in pledges
they received. They also say that those who supported their efforts will get
credits in their upcoming Homeworld-inspired RTS game, which will now obviously
center on a new IP. Here's word:
Homeworld will escape the THQ bankruptcy
to a new home, however, that home will not be with teamPixel, LLC. The auction
for the Homeworld license ended April 15, 2013, and while we reached qualified
bidder status for the bankruptcy auction, we were unable to raise the necessary
funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction. We hope
you will join us in supporting Homeworld's new owners in building a future for
the franchise. We anticipate an announcement of the new owner to be made within
a couple weeks and for the sale to be finalized around mid-May. Words cannot
describe how honored we are to have been supported by so many in the community.
As promised, we are offering full refunds to all of our generous donors. To
facilitate this process, we've established a website where you can verify that
we have properly recorded all of your contributions, supply us with any special
instructions for your donation, and track your refund. As a special thanks, we
would like to offer each and every donor a special credit in our upcoming space
RTS game. Yes, this means we will still be moving forward with our own
Homeworld-inspired space RTS, but under our own intellectual property. We hope
all of you will stay in touch and follow us during the production of our
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||Re: Homeworld IP Sold; Kickstarter Refunding Pledges
||Apr 20, 2013, 08:10
Clancy wrote on Apr 19, 2013, 17:35:They had an indiegogo campaign too, as well as direct paypal donations.
First off, it wasn't $50K, *if* you believe the kickstarter for homeworld. They said they had additional funding. I am guessing it went for $100K minimum.
Apparently that campaign was another $13k (an example of the power of KS vs IGG). They may also have had some personal assets too. Or maybe they tried to lowball it so they could keep some money, who knows.
I'm surprised they are refunding the money actually.
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 19, 2013, 10:13:The bidding companies would have had to prepare marketing campaigns ahead of time, to be able to have enough time to have it ready to go on that day. Plus if its not fully finalized by the court, it would look pretty embarrassing if something stopped it from happening.
So how can we NOT know who owns the IP? If anything the one who bought it should blast the fanfares and hype us "We will do Homeworld 3" .. but this? This is just weird. No info at all?
More typically in recent times from what I've seen, hype machines aren't fully revved up until a game is around 1 year from release (or 2 with delays). Stuff is done quietly in the background for years often.
Now if an indie type company such as that KS bidding group got the bid, they'd probably blog about it the next day. But if a big company got it, they may keep it quiet for a while.
This comment was edited on Apr 20, 2013, 08:15.