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7. Re: Lace Mamba Global Responds to Complaints Feb 12, 2013, 19:04 Dev
 
Short version of how I read it:
They contracted with indie game companies to distribute their games in other countries. The contract specified regular reporting and minimum payments, neither were satisfied. Mamba also distributed the game in unauthorized countries, and did sub licenses to other companies for flat fees without authorization. Multiple other indie companies had gotten screwed the same way (even more responded in comments from open letter on gamasutra such as IronCode Gaming). They all got together and sent registered letters and emails terminating the contract as per specified in the contract.

Mamba said they never got the letters (despite signed receipts), they never got the emails (no bouncebacks but their email supposedly malfunctioned only on those days that they were sent), claimed the CEO was fired so thats why no communication from them or him, and said Lace Mamba was different from Mamba Games.
Despite that days earlier he was still CEO, and actually listed as director for "BOTH" companies, and signed emails as CEO of Lace Mamba, and even though Lace Mamba is on the retail boxes of some of these games, and sometimes payments would come with one name or the other name on them.

But, after heated discussions Mamba coughed up most of what they were supposed to give, and agreed that those contracts were terminated.

IMO either the whole company is trying to screw people and tossing (or pretending to toss) that one guy under the bus as a scapegoat so they can sign more and screw more, or it was a rogue guy trying to screw someone. Probably best to just avoid the whole thing.

Edit:
Yet another indie company that got screwed:
micro macro games blog post
They said they were forbidden to do any marketing or promotion of their game by mamba after they signed, so looks like they got screwed out of growth as well as revenue.

This comment was edited on Feb 12, 2013, 19:29.
 
 
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