In every story, there are more than one perspective and each perspective should be kept in consideration if you are passing judgement, or are making accusations. Over the past couple of days a very interesting story broke online when Ant Simulator dev accused his business partners of embezzling money and spending it on alcohol and strippers.
This money was from Ant Simulator investment and much of it was raised from Kickstarter as well. In short, it was your money they blew-off. The accused party was Tyler Monce and Devon Staley, ETeeski LLC business partners.
Eric Tereshinski, the lead developer released a video saying:
I recently found out that my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money. They had secretly spent an overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the Ant Simulator investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars and even strippers. This, among other reasons is why it has become exceedingly clear to me that I cannot have my career associated with these guys.
The hate train instantly went into top gear and majority of the internet quickly started passing judgement. In all of this, the accused party was never given a chance to share its side of the story. Fortunately, now they have shared their perspective but it has complicated matters.
Both Tyler Monce and Devon Staley deny any wrong doings and say that all accusations are “100% BS.” They further revealed that Tereshinski took control of all physical assets and bank accounts, transferred the money into a personal account as soon as he saw that Ant Simulator is gaining popularity. According to Monce, Eric wanted to keep everything to himself.
We created the company with Eric. We didn’t sign on. Because of our size, we had to be jacks of all trades. We handled a big number of things.
Both of them invested $5000 in the company, which they claim is more than what Eric invested.
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****.
Monace served as ETeeski’s director of finance and says that the books are open for investigation. There was no opportunity to hide such embezzlement as Eic Tereshinski had access to all the financial data.
The pair claims that everything was going smoothly till last Thanksgiving. Little after the holiday, Tereshinski cut all ties with the company and made the unilateral decision to close the firm’s business accounts.
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.
In a recent interview, Tereshinski claimed that his partners were deceptive about their effort for getting PlayStation 4 development kit. However, the pair tells a different story.
They visited Sony’s GDC 2015 booth and inquired about the development kit. Sony wanted them to get a static IP and dedicated internet connection.
They spent a total of $1000 to set things up and were ready to move forward with PlayStation.
We had everything ready to go. All we needed from Eric was a playable demo. He was not able to deliver a playable demo. I spent a month right after GDC getting ready for that. That’s a big part of where our financial resources went to. All the infrastructure was in place and all we needed was a playable demo. It looks fantastic, because of all the great modelers and artists and stuff. But gameplay itself was taking a lot of time to get off. If you show it in a YouTube video, it looks fantastic. But if you play the game, there’s only three or four minutes of actual gameplay before you run out of things to do.
The pair is planning to press legal charges against Eric Tereshinski.
I think he wanted to create this outlandish story, grab headlines, and make us look terrible. So far, it’s working for him.
For now, all parties are accusing each other and until a proper investigation kicks-off, we won’t know for sure what exactly happened.