Yesterday the well-known financial newspaper Forbes, one of the most respected in the financial world, opened Pandora’s box with a story about one of the most ambitious games on the market. In it, it is assured that Star Citizen has spent almost all of the money based on a gigantic crowdfunding that has allowed them to obtain almost 300 million dollars and that, despite this, there is still a long way to go to see the finished video game Accompanying the report, however, there is also a profile on its main responsibility, to Chris Roberts who has a long history in the world of the game and about which there are unkind words.
” Chris Roberts is working on the video game, there is no trace of fraud, but he is doing it as an incompetent and a bad manager on a galactic scale, “they comment from the Forbes text. & Quot; It has created a wild west where the creatives are in charge of the project, without any financial regulation or regulation. ”
Directed an adaptation to the Wing Commander cinema that failed “In the world of video games, Chris Roberts is The Keith Richards of Interactive Entertainment A rock star of a certain age who is still able to take money out of the fans “, they comment in a profile that also reviews the creative’s passing through Hollywood, where he almost always reaped disappointments. “I have invested tens of millions of dollars in a film version of the Wing Commander series, which he directed himself, and which was a commercial and critical failure”.
Likewise, there are also serious accusations against him. Roberts’s past, as one of which he assures himself that he could have diverted funds from Microsoft, the company he worked for in the late 1990s. “There was money from Microsoft that we used to develop his videogames,” Stuart Moulder declares, then general manager of the Redmond. ” But I got the feeling that Roberts’ energy and attention was constantly diverted towards the film … And also some of the funds we gave him ”
There is also a murky issue related to the investment that he has organized, associated with a German lawyer, to finance his Hollywood films with Bavarian capital. Apparently, all this ended with the founder of the same fund in jail for tax fraud, one Andreas Schmid, but with Roberts and his partner coming out unscathed from the judicial process. Nor were the scandals by actors against his film company, with a lawsuit by Kevin Costner for a contract allegedly not fulfilled and worth $ 8 million.
Likewise, the 129 lawsuits are included of Star Citizen consumers who have been received by the US Federal Trade Commission, and who request reimbursements of up to $ 24,000. ” Lied to us & quot ;, say some of them, and that they have obtained quick responses from Cloud Imperium Games, making clear its total transparency and its return policy within a period of 30 days after the purchase. ” Star Citizen is a playable title. It has more features and content than many videogames already finished ” Roberts himself defends himself.
There is also some personal scandals, like a shocking story related to his wife that we will not go into detail since it has nothing to see Roberts’ professional field, but you can check it out from the Forbes article.
After interviewing more than 20 people who worked for Cloud Imperium Games, the studio behind Star Citizen, the general feeling is that Roberts is ” a poor resource manager ” and that is unable to create a working environment around the video game that is not ” an absolute chaos ”