Kickstarter Scam – Little Monsters Productions

In a Kickstarter campaign, a man who identifies himself as Seth Westphal claims to be the founder and CEO of an independent gaming studio called Little Monsters Productions. The art for the proposed game was copied from other artists on the web and the photos of Little Monsters studios were taken from another independent gaming studio, Burton Design Group.

”Mr. Westphal was an office manager with our company, not a game developer”, Mr. Burton of Burton Design Group said, and ”he was released from our studio back in February for noncompliance.” Mr. Westphal came in late, didn’t get work done, and didn’t follow procedure”, Mr. Burton said. ”Seth Westphal is a fraud. Don’t pay him for any games. He’s not a game developer.”

Some artists who had their work ripped off on the Kickstarter page contacted him two days ago, Mr. Burton said. He hopes all who are responsible for trying to defraud gamers are brought to justice.

The fraudulent Kickstarter has since been deleted, and the site for Little Monsters Productions was pulled.

But Little Monsters Productions, which claimed to comprise 12 people, was answering to its critics at first. When commenters on Kickstarter pointed out the stolen photos, the creators answered back in the comments.

According to the project creators, some of the people behind the campaign used to work at the independent gaming studio Burton Design Group but left because “the owner was being shady with funds.”

Mr. Burton said he does not know what the creators were referring to.

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