So if you had to make the formidable choice between ants or liquor and strippers, which one would you pick? Well, lucky for you we already have the answer to that.
Lead programmer Eric Tereshinski, along with two business partners, raised money on Kickstarter to create a series of game development tutorials. As an added plus, they also raised money separately for the development of a survival game, Ant Simulator.
Fast forward a couple years and we get the below video from Tereshinski, in which he resigns from the LLC he set up with his ex-business partners—ETeeski LLC—and cancels the game. The reason?
His ex-partners spent the majority of the money raised on “liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers.”
The video above is a tough listen. In it, Eric Tereshinski resigns as lead programmer on Ant Simulator after discovering the extent of his long-term friends’ spending. If it’s not obvious, ‘long-term’ can now be swapped for ‘former’.
“A year and a half ago, I signed an LLC agreement with them,” Tereshinski says. “I trusted them and they had been my friends for 11 years. That means that resigning, and therefore cancelling the development of Ant Simulator, is really the only option available to me right now.”
The Kickstarter campaign only raised a little over $4,000. You can go high on the hog with four grand, but not for very long. It’s unclear just how much was raised separately for Ant Simulator outside of Kickstarter.
Worse still, Tereshinski can’t finish the game on his own without exposing himself to a lawsuit from his ex-partners, and he has to take down all the videos made for the Kickstarter. Suing them would be difficult and costly, especially given how small the crowdfunding sum was.
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