Suspension irreversible, apparently.
By Tim Colwill on May 11, 2013 at 10:52 am
UPDATE: Gmod have issued the following statement: “We’ve contacted Kickstarter multiple times regarding why funding was suspended and are still awaiting a response. Our Kickstarter project has not been modified in any way since it passed the initial review process, so we’re perplexed that it was suspended halfway through without any explanation.”
“Even if this was related to the naming confusion — we dont know because Kickstarter has failed to be communicative — the suspension is unjustified because Olympus Games was using its registered trademark and GMOD brand of more than 8 years. Regardless, we’ve already stated that we would rather rebrand than risk confusing either the Garry’s Mod or GMOD community and we want to reassure our Kickstarter backers that everything is progressing smoothly with the development of our upcoming mod management platform. We expect to have this matter resolved soon.”
Original story: Kickstarter has officially suspended funding to the Gmod Kickstarter as of three hours ago, following reports this week of discussions between the Gmod team and the Garry’s Mod team over the use of the term “Gmod”.
Unfortunately Kickstarter’s policies on suspended pledge-drives mean that they will not reveal how or why they shut Gmod down, but a suspension is irreversible and there is seemingly no court of appeal for the Gmod team.
Current theories are that the naming confusion may have led Kickstarter staff to believe that Gmod was falsely soliciting backers by playing on a connection to Garry’s Mod, but with no official statement from any parties, it’s all just guesswork from here. Stay tuned.
Source: Thanks, Stefan!