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RCT on Switch: IT GETS WORSE

Kyoshi

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So some of you may have seen the blog post I made recently. About Atari being greedy beyond comparison by crowdfunding a horrendous port of Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch, a terrible mobile game, for the Switch. If you have not seen that blog, check it out here first: https://mlpforums.com/blogs/entry/23099-rollercoaster-tycoon-on-switch-the-worst-thing-ever/

Thing is, IT ACTUALLY GETS WORSE! Somehow. On their StartEngine campaign page, Atari recently updated it with a new 'Q&A' to answer people's questions. Of course they won't answer why Rollercoaster Tycoon World was not mentioned at all on their page but whatever. One of the questions ask about what happens if the overall goal of 1.7 millions dollars is not reached. Check out their AMAZING answer to this question:

"As a publisher, Atari has started the development of the game and will release it no matter what the outcome of the campaign, because it has the resources to do it.  This is clearly set forth on Page 14 of the Offering Details:  “For the further avoidance of doubt, if we do not raise 100% of the funds, our majority stockholder intends to provide additional funding or credit in exchange for the balance of the Net Receipts not distributed to the Investors.”

From a big picture perspective, bear in mind we have a portfolio of more than 200 games.  This Start Engine campaign is a test of alternative financing resources to see if this could be applicable to other games of our portfolio to accelerate our growth. For this test, we selected RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch given the awareness of the brand and the growth of the Nintendo platform."

Dear Celestia in whatever version of heaven they have. You didn't misread that. They straight up say that the game is already being developed and they have the money to make the game regardless of this crowdfunding campaign. The only reason they are doing this is to save even more cash. That's it. They just want to save even more money for their stockholders, which is gaming fail 101. They don't care about this product, they just care about their bottom line. This crowdfunding fail 101. You don't do a crowdfunding campaign and then say that you have the resources for the product regardless of the campaign. That means you DON'T NEED CROWDFUNDING!!!! HOLY SHIT. This is amazing. AMAZING. Like...what! How stupid, how dumb, how greedy, how bjbjbjjbkibkjsbdgfksdfkjsdkjfsdkjbfkjds can one company get?! Damn! I am legit furious and laughing my ass off at the same time. WOO!

So yeah. I didn't think this whole situation could get any worse. I have presented to you, 'any worse'.

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They don't have the funds though. The majority stockholder privately has the funds.

I'm not saying it's right, but that'd be like me being able to pay for something but wanting everyone else to pitch in what they can first. I'm sure a lot of crowdfunding is that way, that someone CAN pay for it, but let's see if a crowd of benefactors will beat them to the punch.

I hate crowdfunding as a rule for this reason.

Also at only about half a euro a share, mayhaps you would like to become a shareholder yourself

https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ATA:FP

 

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7 hours ago, PiratePony said:

They don't have the funds though. The majority stockholder privately has the funds.

I'm not saying it's right, but that'd be like me being able to pay for something but wanting everyone else to pitch in what they can first. I'm sure a lot of crowdfunding is that way, that someone CAN pay for it, but let's see if a crowd of benefactors will beat them to the punch.

I hate crowdfunding as a rule for this reason.

Also at only about half a euro a share, mayhaps you would like to become a shareholder yourself

https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ATA:FP

 

The problem is that they've already started development. Clearly, money isn't an issue in this case. This is a giant corporation, not a small company actually hurting if they did pay for it. At this point, because of that answer, they now have no real justification for it to be crowdfunded.

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4 hours ago, Kyoshi said:

The problem is that they've already started development. Clearly, money isn't an issue in this case. This is a giant corporation, not a small company actually hurting if they did pay for it. At this point, because of that answer, they now have no real justification for it to be crowdfunded.

Agreed. What you posted before about the higher tiers of donors being given essentially a coupon is pretty despicable. 

Of course this is the company that almost destroyed home video games once upon a time...

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Dear EA and Activision: you have competition for the shittiest company around.

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