Ant Simulator canceled because of crowdfunding money spent on liquor and strippers?

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Ant Simulator was a crowdfunded game that was going to let players feel like an ant by allowing them to control one. However, the game was canceled due to developer Eric Tereshinski claiming that his business partners used the crowdfunding money on liquor, restaurants, and strippers instead of using the funds to complete the game.

ETeeski raised enough money to develop the game on Steam and PlayStation 4. The crowdfunding page has been removed on ETeeski’s site, but you can still find the description of the game.

Check out a video of the game’s development.

Eric Tereshinsky, who worked on the game for about a year and a half, announced via a video on Saturday that Ant Simulator was canceled and that he was leaving ETeeski.

“This is going to be the worst video I’ve ever had to make,” Tereshinski said. “Ant Simulator is going to be canceled. I can’t work on Ant Simulator anymore. I recently found out my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money. They had secretly spent the overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the Ant Simulator investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers. This is the reason it has become exceedingly clear to me that I cannot have my career associated with these guys.”

He then said that they would sue him if he released the game without them. They have been friends for 11 years and have signed a partnership agreement with them.

In an interview with GameInformer, Tereshinski’s business partners, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley, had something to say.

“We created the company with Eric,” Monce says. “We didn’t sign on. Because of our size, we had to be jacks of all trades. We handled a big number of things.”

The two said that they invested in total $5,000, which they said was more than what Tereshinski put in. Tereshinski’s friends also invested in smaller amounts.

As for Tereshinski saying that they used the money for liquor and strippers, they said it was a lie.

“It’s completely false,” Monce says. “I don’t know why he’s painting that picture, but the reality is that anything that was spent in a bar or restaurant was very reasonable in nature when you look at any business, including video game companies. It was part of our operating budget, it’s not anything that was excessive. It was all reported to the IRS. The picture he’s painting about that is 100 percent bull****.”

Monce, ETeeski’s director of finance, said that everything was done in the open and that Tereshinski had access to financial data. The business partners said that everything was fine until after Thanksgiving when Tereshinski took control over everything.

“He took control of everything,” Monce continued. “He took control of not only all the company’s physical property, our bank accounts, our social media accounts, our website (which he changed to just our faces for some unknown reason), that was all him. This all started to take place right after the game started to get really popular late in the summer. My personal theory is that he wanted to take it all for himself and cut us out of it. We made it clear that we weren’t going to let him do that, because we had a moral and legal right not to.”

The company funds were then moved to a personal account, according to Monce and Staley.

“The important thing to realize is that the ETeeski team wasn’t just us three,” Staley, ETeeski’s director of operations, said. “We had a lot of contractors. Nine or ten people who worked on this game. Models, Rigging, our environmental art, and our human art, were all done through contractors.”

“We paid all those contractors, as well,” Monce added. “He’s making this claim that we spent all this money on expensive entertainment, and that’s completely false. We paid all these people who worked for us.”

Via Yahoo!

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