Paypal Blocks Skullgirls Funding

Posted by at 10:08 am on April 23, 2013


Paypal froze Lab Zero Games’ account briefly today, due to risk that a significant number of Skullgirls crowdfunding pledges would be revoked. Lab Zero allowed backers to vote on new DLC characters, leading to the theory that if their chosen character didn’t make it into the game, some fans would pull their “vote.” “Basically, they are terrified of chargebacks,” CEO Peter Bartholow told Venturebeat. “If we spend all the money and don’t deliver and everyone [requests] chargebacks, PayPal is concerned they will be on the line for [the money]. So, they are effectively treating it as a loan.”

After discussions with PayPal, the company has “unrestricted” Lab Zero’s account, but continues to hold around $35,000, which Lab Zero CEO Peter Bartholow had planned to use for payroll. “They’ve only got $35k of our money frozen, so we’re not in any real danger,” Bartholow said on NeoGAF. “It’s just an inconvenience at the moment.”

Bartholow tells XBLAFans the “Slightly Different” patch should arrive in the next two weeks on Xbox.

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