Derek getting contracts signed is not contingent on his having a PhD so let's not make such a large logic leap. He gets contracts signed because he has a built-in fanbase (albeit niche, according to Dr. Smart himself) that's large enough to create a stream of revenue significant enough to warrant the signing.
Derek does not have a PhD from an accredited institution of learning. He knows this, which is why he has never provided the name of the school and never provided info about the dissertation.
Any one of us can do what Derek did to get a PhD but then, we'd not be able to live with ourselves. Derek clearly has no such qualm which is fine. Whenever Dr. Smart claims to have a doctorate in philosophy, you'll know the truth. And so will he.
And yes, it's very nice that Derek decided to provide his game for free. I, too, will not play it even though it sounds like something I'd like. Cheers.
 Here's a link to the PhD Fraud page of follies.werewolves.org. The page speaks to this specific issue.http://follies.werewolves.org/PhDFraud/#historyThis comment was edited on Jan 7, 11:03.