It’s been almost five months since the Bear Simulator Kickstarter posted an update (23 September,) and efforts to contact the creator “John Farjay” have been unsuccessful. The prospective comedy bear game raised just over $100,000 USD in April 2014, but now appears to be dead.

None of the title’s social media outlets have been updated in months either. The last Facebook and Twitter posts were made on 14 September and 23 September, respectively. My own emails to the game’s listed contact, “Community Rep” Britnie, have gone unanswered.

Frustrated Bear Simulator Kickstarter backers appear to have started their own investigations into who the mysterious “John Farjay” or Britnie may actually be, but these leads are not yet conclusive.

Kickstarter places the responsibility for completing projects solely in the hands of the project creators. The site’s terms of use (section 4) state “When a project is successfully funded, the creator must complete the project and fulfill each reward.”

This section adds “Throughout the process, creators owe their backers a high standard of effort, honest communication, and a dedication to bringing the project to life,” and says that “The creator is solely responsible for fulfilling the promises made in their project. If they’re unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement, they may be subject to legal action by backers.”

With no updates since September 2014, and no responses to attempted communication in 2015, Bear Simulator’s creator has failed those basic communication checks and either needs to post a new update in good faith, or begin some kind of remuneration process with the project’s backers.

Peter Parrish

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