I really think Kevin, DID want to build 250 Predators, and not screw around with 250 people heads.
He did just not knew how to manage this whole thing, what is involved on building these to be able to sell them all over the world.
IMO, if he would have asked for help (dunno if he did or not) managing this (license, certifications, etc..), he could have found a couple of guys/girls that could help him to get this done. Just look how many people in here know about stuff that went wrong! Same guys could have helped him to make it work.
ATM seems that the license is not there... so no machines will be built no matter what. He could have all the parts in the world already done( cabs, playfields, mechs, plastics, etc), but if there is no license for Predator and if he build and sell them he will go to jail. Simple as that.
I think people that know people that know about this licensing should get in touch with Kevin and try to secure this, or that it. Everyone loose. No one will see all their $$$ back. There is no way he can give all back. Some were spent already. Worst case for Kevin, he would go to jail and you still wont see the money back.
So get in touch with Kevin and help him secure that license to build Predators, if you want to see your investment back.