As you may or may not know, Lab Zero Games, the studio behind Skullgirls, raised around $825,000 in their crowdfunding campaign to finance the creation of future DLC content, which will be released for free for a limited time. One such incentive for donating was a chance to vote on the 4rd and 5th DLC character to be added into the game, and the campaign skyrocketed towards the endgoal of $825,000, which funds a total of FIVE additional characters to the game, to be released for FREE within the first three months of their release. That’s absolutely phenomenal.
SO WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU PEOPLE RUIN THIS BY REFUNDING YOUR DONATION!?
As you also may or may not know, Lab Zero has recently had their Paypal account locked, and they are unable to pay their staff for their work. Why? Because Paypal is worried about the threat of donators who will chargeback the money they donated to the campaign, so Lab Zero is essentially getting their OWN money on a loan from Paypal. But why would anyone do that? Because their character didn’t win the poll.
Let me break down what happens IF you greedy sons of bitches take your money back in a hissy-fit:
1. Paypal locks Lab Zero’s account, preventing them from earning any of the fundraiser money, which would have went into making new content.
2. Staff can’t get paid, content can’t get made.
3. NO MORE SKULLGIRLS DLC, NOT EVEN SQUIGLY OR BIG BAND.
So congratulations, not only have you completely DESTROYED the game and its future content, but also the studio who put SO much work into making it, just because your character didn’t win a stupid little poll. I mean, it’s not like Lab Zero was planning on making every single character down the line with fan support, right? NOPE, MY CHARACTER DIDN’T GET IN, SO I’M GOING TO SHUT DOWN THE WHOLE STUDIO BY TAKING MY DONATION BACK.
The very IDEA of a donation is that you’re trying to SUPPORT the studio. Fewer developers are as honest and open as Lab Zero is about where the actual money goes towards development, and given how much bad luck they’ve run into, they NEED the support. Not to get rich, but to CONTINUE MAKING THE THING THEY LOVE. AND YOU’RE GOING TO RUIN THAT BECAUSE YOUR CHARACTER DIDN’T MAKE THE POLL, EVEN IF THEY WILL MAKE IT INTO THE GAME EVENTUALLY.
IF YOU LOVE SKULLGIRLS AND YOU WANT TO SEE THE GAME GROW DESPITE YOUR CHARACTER NOT WINNING THE POLL, YOU WILL KEEP YOUR GOD DAMN DONATION WHERE IT IS. I AM SICK OF THOUGHTLESS ASSHOLES WHO ABUSE THE SYSTEM JUST TO GET THEIR WAY, NO MATTER WHO IT HURTS. SPREAD THE WORD, AND LET THESE DICKWADS KNOW WHO THEY’RE REALLY THREATENING.
edit: Looks like the situation’s been settled, and Paypal has unlocked Lab Zero’s account. Gonna keep this up anyway since there’s gonna be a second poll.
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