tinyBuild apparently scammed by publisher for $24,500
Alex Nichiporchik seems to force some justice in the Indie world. Following on the tails of calling out G2A, Nichiporchik is now calling out Russian publisher Buka Entertainment.
I would love to go through the whole process, but Alex conveniently put together a timeline so here’s that:
March 30th 2011: Publisher (Buka) sends a publishing offer/inquiry for No Time to Explain
April 8th 2011: after some negotiations, the Publisher sends over the publishing offer [$24.5k in financing with half sent over on signing]
April 30th 2011: We come to terms and I send a signed digital copy of the agreement
May 5th 2011: Got confirmation, that the invoice I sent over is confirmed good and processing at finance (money will be sent soon)
May 13th 2011: Met and exchanged hardcopies of the contract
June 1st 2011: Get an answer after a few ignored e-mails saying that it’s all fine, money is coming
June 29th 2011: Get an e-mail that says our project is canned alongside several others.
May 11th 2017: the Publisher threatens to sue the Developer for spreading false information. Information that is outlined in this post.
May 18th 2017: The CEO of Buka threatens me in a personal meeting
June 19th 2017: I honor the original contract and send over the Gold Master of No Time to Explain, call for Buka Entertainment to honor their commitments
Buka Entertainment has not responded, but Nickiporchik says this all about helping to fix problems for the future.
“tl;dr I never want anyone to be in a situation like we were in 2011 and give up on their dreams of making games. The goal here is to prevent this from happening and give Buka a chance to fix the situation without further lies.”