Crowdfunding Fraudsters: League of Legends MMO

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a:  a person who is not what he or she pretends to be :impostor;

Dear potential content creators: Stop using unlicensed content as the basis of your projects. It is not only misleading from a consumer standpoint, it is illegal and will result in your campaign being shut down faster than you can say “cease and desist.”

Today’s crowdfunding frauster article is for the League of Legends MMO, a game not developed by Riot Games and not approved for development by Riot Games. It is, instead, in the works by the decidedly not-Riot Games studio…Kamron Nelson, a self-professed “lore enthusiast” from Salt Lake City. Nelson wants to raise $5 million to pitch a League of Legends MMO to Riot.

This project’s goal is to get Riot Games to work on this project with us, not to steal or infringe anything whatsoever. We love Riot and the game they’ve created; we just want an MMORPG based on the League engine that will allow us to explore the vast amounts of Lore we’ve been missing.

I assume that Nelson is using the term “us” in the royal sense, in the same vein that I use to reference to other, nonexistent staff here at MMO Fallout, because the Kickstarter page doesn’t indicate any real development team other than Nelson himself and a couple of Deviant Art users. If there is an actual studio that will work on the game, it has gone unnamed.

Like most pieces featured on Crowdfunding Kickstarters, the League of Legends MMO appears to be the creation of an “ideas guy,” someone with no apparent development background who decides he can create a game because he played a lot of them. Such mentality leads to financial disasters like Greed Monger, wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars in time and resources, and contributes to the already tainted reputation of crowdfunding.

So how does Kamron plan on investing the five million?

The money from this Kickstarter will go directly to Riot as an upfront ‘let’s make this game’ offer. If the project does not get fully funded, which is likely, no one is charged anything. It is RISK FREE unless fully funded.

Here’s the problem: Raising money to develop a game with rights that you haven’t secured and making promises that you can’t keep. It assumes that people are willing to fork over $5 million as a deposit in the hopes that waving said money under Riot’s nose will make them willing to work with an unknown entity to create a game with their own engine and characters.

By comparison, let’s look at other big crowdfunding efforts. Psychonauts 2 brought in $3.3 million as an established franchise with a big name attached (Tim Schafer). Shenmue 3 brought in over $6 million as an established franchise with big names attached and major corporate backing.

So the League of Legends MMO is funding hopes and dreams with the hope that everyone will get their money back should the campaign succeed but Riot says no anyway, handing their money to a guy that no one has ever heard of. Luckily the $5 million goal means that this project will fail long before Riot’s lawyers feel the need to get involved.

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  • Lionym

    Thank you for the article. Any press is good press, right? Haha.