Looks like it from any angle you look at it. Delays, new hires to replace him - and finish his work, Houdini not being shown as there were 'Zs' on it and they finally realized that they needed to avoid that association like the plague, MG not being given to Cointaker.com as again, now there would have been an AP pinball on the Expo floor that has the Z logo in it. I am 100% sure that they did NOT lie when they announced that they would give Chris his MG at Expo, I bet the machine is sitting in their shop, ready to go, more so than BM66, it was just that they realized how screwed they would have been legally if they would have followed through. Look, they even dropped the Zidware cabinet being their standard cabinet last second before expo, keeping them from making a grand entrance.
I believe that AP are the real deal, everything points at it if you leave (the hate for) JPOP out of it, but that they got suckered in, just like JLM33 said, and just like many before them.
So, don't be mad at them, don't give them hate, if anything they seem like fellow victims and their burden is being associated now. Now they have a start up company with the added burden of having to give away 20 Magic Girls, being associated with JPOP and having to deal with legal troubles they did not start, all because they bought into his blabber like many before them. How can you be mad at them, if anything I feel bad for them and root for them even more now.