I dunno, I've posted way too much in this thread and people are probably sick of me. Here is what it appears happened based on these posts, but obviously I could be wrong. I'm not stating that any of this definitely happened. But what COULD have happened or end up happening, given the lack of oversight.
Designs made for MG and Raza, Zidware created to take pre-order money.
John created unnecessary patents, putting as many custom designed things in the pinball machine to reasonably charge huge fees for the patent use. Zidware pays large amounts of money to John out of all 3 pre-order pots.
John draws a salary.
Draws down all the money in the Zidware account (less some to pay vendors) into his personal account, roughly 2013 when he admits he stopped paying himself.
Stopped working on the games after all the money was sucked out of Zidware.
Engaged multiple siloed contractors to maintain a facade of work being done on the machine. The contractors did work, but John didn't worry about it much, he knew the company would fold.
Knew the pin wouldn't go into production so why pay contractors? He already "legally" drew the money out of the company.
Maintains the facade of staying in business to collect additional AIW deposits and any final payments from MG and RAZA.
Accomplices report "starry eyed" reviews after going to the shop to keep deposit money coming in.
Once these deposits dry up, it's time to shut down the company. Announces that with no more pre-order dollars the company will go bankrupt.
Gets legitimately spooked by lawsuits filed, and attempts a last minute divestment from his responsibilities. Threatens that people who sue will get "nothing."
Sets up deal with Pintasia to transfer assets out of Zidware (prototype and? IP? We have heard conflicting stories of what Pintasia owns)
Pintasia (while still anonymous) makes an offer to save people and produce the machines if they commit to paying more money and sign a no-sue agreement. (To keep the pre-order scheme going for 2-4 more years all over again)
No-sue agreement important so assets can be moved and will not be frozen.
Extreme pressure tactics used to frighten people into signing the agreements. The attempts fail.
Pintasia to keep John on as a "contractor" in the new pre-order scheme (this would ensure John gets a cut of the new pre-order $)
MG taken to NW pinball show to see if new pre-order $ can be made if people get excited about the new team.
Show fails to produce pre-orders, so Pintasia axes the idea.
MG is moved to a hidden location, a deal has been cut to give the machine to Pintasia, or at least they know JPop will not sue for its return.
Pintasia appropriates MG and other Zidware assets, leaving nothing for the creditors.
Zidware is left empty shell, while Pintasia shops MG IP and pays John a consulting fee for his efforts.
Some of you will think these things are believable, and some of you will not. There is a lot of evidence that right from day 1 this project was set up to drain pre-order dollars into a personal account, then bankrupt the company. There is a lot of evidence that Pintasia could have had the same idea and failed thanks to intense scrutiny. One thing is for certain, the assets need to be fully accounted for. A forensic audit is necessary to show that John Popadiuk was acting in the best interest of his clients. If he was found in breach of fiduciary duty, he would be responsible personally (not as a corporation, but as a director of that corporation) to provide restitution to those whose interests he was duty bound to protect. That restitution is by law usually the monetary amount they have lost because of the crime. If these things were to happen, the buyers would have to find him personally liable to access the funds at this point. I think they exist. There is a good chance JPop was Zidware's single biggest expense, which would mean the money is still around.
Sorry to end on a wall of text, but I guess that's just my style. I'm going to take a step back and let other people discuss the issue for a while, as I have way too many posts here. But hopefully you will understand it is out of passion, and I mean well.