Could you imagine having raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter only to cancel the campaign with less than 48 hours to go? That is precisely what Tivitas Interactive has done, and they deserve a lot of credit for it.
The campaign was for the Sinister multi-platform game pad, pictured below…
They shared the reasoning for the move in a recent backer update…
A supplier of a critical component has advised us that the supply chain will be disrupted for an unforeseeable amount of time. Due to confidentiality, we are unable to identify the component or the supplier at this time. This has been a difficult decision for us to reach as we’re sure there will be those who will be as disappointed as we are. It is because of your support however, that we feel we need to be honest and true to the community and delay until we solve this dilemma.
They continue by explaining that they have secured additional funding to finalize the design. Still, the company realized there was going to be a risk of late delivery and backed out of the campaign.
Some crowdfunding backers took issue with the move, calling the project a “waste of time” and questioning why Tivitas didn’t spend more time and energy looking for a different supplier. Those arguments are flat wrong.
Having said that, it seems most backers just want their discounted products. To that end, Tivitas has said they will provide discounts to Kickstarter backers regardless.
If more crowdfunders pulled the plug when they smelled smoke, perhaps we wouldn’t have stats like these. Bravo, Tivitas.
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