Two developers accused of frittering their business partner’s money away have hit back at the claims.
Lead coder Eric Tereshinski quit the upcoming project for Ant Simulator after Tyler Monce and Devon Staley allegedly spent the majority of the game’s investment cash and money raised through Tereshinski’s Kickstarter campaign for a video series on ‘on liquor, restaurants, bars and even strippers’.
Now, Monce and Staley have claimed that Tereshinski’s greed was in fact the reason for the game’s failure, claiming that the developer attempted to “[take] control of everything”.
“He want[ed] to take it all for himself and cut us out of it,” Monce argued to Game Informer.
Monce and Staley say that they put forward a combined $5,000 for the game’s creation over a period of nearly two years – a contribution they claim was greater than Tereshinski’s own investment.
Monce also took the time to dismiss the damning comments about the pair spending frivolously.
“It’s completely false,” he said. “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 per cent bullshit.”
Monce and Staley also revealed that they are considering legal action against Tereshinski as a result of the situation. Tereshinski previously cited the pair’s threat of taking the matter to court as a reason for his departure from the studio.