Quoted from Pinballs:
It seems unbelievable that the 'project' could continue, with no/few vendors being paid, and no pre-orderers refunded even a penny. There are open clauses in the new agreement regarding future costs. It's wide open legally- no protection for the consumer, and of course a 'get out of jail free' clause for Jpop. No sensible person wold sign up to this new agreement, and certainly not after 4 years and the lost money and all the shenanigans.
I emailed Jpop with a final request for refund before legal action. On the high likelihood he doesn't reply, I will be going to court over this, hopefully as part of a class action. I know that other people have contacted/will contact the attorney too.
So here's the reality of the situation- Jpop/Zidware is going to get sued. How does that affect this proposed new arrangement? Obviously, it kills it. So why are we pretending otherwise? Zidware is toast. It's over. MG/RAZA/AIW customers need to accept this reality NOW, and not perpetuate this nightmare any further.
I accept that I'll probably not get my money back, but there is a point of principle here. And if Jpop has committed fraud, it's out of our hands anyway, because that will be investigated regardless of civil suits.
So people, please, wake up and smell the coffee!
My take as a fellow RAZA vaporware owner, or possibly loser. This is the one chance to "possibly" make everyone whole again, including all three game owners, and "possibly" unpaid vendors. We won't know how strong the "possibly" is until we hear more details, see the completed prototype in action to figure out if it really is the bomb, and learn who will manufacture the game, etc. However, it sure sounds like Pintasia is charging out of the gate in the right direction. Yes, if JPoP goes bankrupt at this point, it might kill the whole thing by having the designs auctioned off to someone who will have no obligation to honor everyone else's previous investments, hence the clause we all hate. I believe the Licensee folks (fellow Pinsiders as we've just found out), who are also suffering vaporware game owners/vendors, would probably have no desire to save JPoP, but that might be necessary in order to salvage this. The question of the moment for those of us with money at stake is, does our desire for revenge on JPoP rank higher than "possibly" salvaging our investments? JPoP's reputation is already ruined, so there's that at least for the outraged mob carrying torches and pitchforks. Yes, bankruptcy would hurt his ego, but does anyone really believe that he would go to jail, or that he hasn't protected his personal property? So, he wouldn't be hurt much more than the hundreds of us who would lose our money for sure. And yes, the losses would severely hurt some of the pre-order folks and vendors (fellow Pinsiders, by the way), who have many more times than $6,500 or so invested. Yes, the current situation stinks, but we'll have to hold our noses with any deal at this point. So, we who have money riding on this deal have to analyze the situation, do some due diligence on the Licensee, learn more details, and decide whether to go forward or burn the place down. Meanwhile, the Pinside coliseum is full of screaming people motioning thumbs down.