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TeamPixel Fails To Secure Homeworld IP, Refunds Backers

Jonathan Lester
Homeworld, teamPIXEL

TeamPixel Fails To Secure Homeworld IP, Refunds Backers

Despite crowd-funding thousands of Dollars to purchase the Homeworld IP from THQ's carcass, independent software developer TeamPixel was unable to go toe to toe with the bigger vultures at auction. The studio has thanked backers for their support, and set up a service to return each and every penny.

TeamPixel, who planned to create Homeworld 3 and a mobile iOS version based on fan feedback, attracted $58,644 via Kickstarter and $13,675 through Indiegogo, on top of direct Paypal pledges. However, they still failed to “raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction.”

“We hope you will join us in supporting Homeworld’s new owners in building a future for the franchise. We anticipate an announcement of the new owner to be made within a couple weeks and for the sale to be finalized around mid-May. Words cannot describe how honored we are to have been supported by so many in the community."

TeamPixel have offered backers a full refund regardless of how they chose to pledge. Details and tracker are available on the Save Homeworld website.

We assume that SEGA probably crushed the indie outfit to defend the IP, since they're currently the custodians of original developers Relic Games. Whether we'll ever see Homeworld 3 is anybody's guess now.

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DivideByZero  Apr. 19, 2013 at 12:53

"and set up a service to return each and every penny"

Why the f*** does kickstarter not already have this facility set up and ready to go. Methinks Kickstarter (who I do support) should take more interest in the customers.

JonLester  Apr. 19, 2013 at 13:04

Hmm, it's a tricky situation. See, the Kickstarter campaign was concluded successfully last month, meaning that the pledges were collected and processed - which is where Kickstarter's job ends. However, TeamPixel failed to win the auction after that, meaning that they've got to deal with refunds themselves.

Kickstarter may well have systems in place to help them out, mind.

Last edited by JonLester, Apr. 19, 2013 at 13:06
DivideByZero  Apr. 19, 2013 at 13:19

I don't know that they do. But they should.

There have been a few collapsed kickstarters now and if it happens a lot and getting money back is a mission, people will be put off.

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