Shady goings-on with the first two Ouya "Free the Games" kickstarter campaigns



  • Ouya has this campaign going on where if you run a $50,000 minimum-goal Kickstarter for an Ouya-exclusive game, and you reach that goal, they'll match your funding. Free the Games

    The first two games have reached their funding. However, it appears that there's something a little fishy going on related to the backers. Something Awful forum link. The football game was barely treading water before it got several $10k pledges from brand new accounts out of nowhere, and the adventure game has dozens of pledges from brand-new accounts, who all opted for no rewards, and they all managed to pledge in perfect alphabetical order. Additionally, their profile photographs appear to be pulled from google image search.

    So either the project owners are shrewdly doubling their $50k investment, or Ouya is desperate for good PR.



  • @lettucemode said:

    the adventure game has dozens of pledges from brand-new accounts, who all opted for no rewards, and they all managed to pledge in perfect alphabetical order.
    Doesn't seem suspicious at all.


     


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    So the WTF is they couldn't pull this scam off more discreetly?



  • I know Justin Harrison from Old, U.K. and that's definitely a picture of him.



  •  We found out what Ben L's names list is being used for.



  • @joe.edwards said:

    So the WTF is they couldn't pull this scam off more discreetly?
     

     Given that the Ouya team has absolutely no sense of business, money, budgets or operations, I'd bet the scammers just figured they wouldn't notice.

    How was this result not the aboslute first thing that someone responded with at the business meeting when it was pitched?



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    @joe.edwards said:
    So the WTF is they couldn't pull this scam off more discreetly?
     

     Given that the Ouya team has absolutely no sense of business, money, budgets or operations, I'd bet the scammers just figured they wouldn't notice.

    How was this result not the aboslute first thing that someone responded with at the business meeting when it was pitched?

    What?  You don't believe that a couple hundred people signed up in alphabetical order?

     


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