Gun Media, the company behind the Friday the 13th game, has come under fire from Kickstarter backers recently. The cause of the controversy is that the developers gave early access to the press, streamers and other content creators, and not to the paying fans. Gun Media representatives tried to apologize and explain the situation, but the community is still angry.
Friday the 13th is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game. One player controls Jason Voorhees, while the others play as camp counselors trying to escape or kill Jason. The game is very much like Dead by Daylight, except it has the Friday the 13th license.
The game had a Kickstarter campaign, and over twelve thousand backers. One of the higher-tier perks that the crowdfunding campaign offered was early access to the game, so people that gave the appropriate amount of money were certainly impatiently waiting to get their hands on the game.
However, that’s where the problem arises. The game’s community caught wind of Gun Media giving early access to the press, streamers, YouTubers and the like. Naturally, they weren’t too happy about it. Perhaps rightfully so, they were expecting to get the game first, not content creators.
Now, Gun Media is in a pretty bad situation, and they’re trying to do some damage control. The developers explained their actions in a lengthy post on the Friday the 13th forum. As you’d expect, the reason behind sending the access keys to the media is to create a buzz around the game. The explanation seems to have appeased some of the fans, but a lot of them are still upset. Either way, Gun Media’s street cred certainly took a blow. Now, they’ll have to work extra hard to regain the trust of their fans. We’ll have to wait and see how the story unfolds.