Some pretty ugly disputes have developed over Badland Games’ handling of Axiom Verge.
Limited Run Games paid BadLand Games $78,000 for 6000 physical copies of a Wii U version of Axiom Verge. Months after the original release date had passed, the Wii U copies still undelivered and BadLand allegedly having gone silent, Limited Run Games wanted its money back. Allegedly, BadLand CEO Luis Quintans agreed to pay back Limited Run Games with the equivalent value in copies of the other console releases, but then went silent again. Months after this, and additional ignored demands of repayment, Limited Run Games filed suit.
After this story broke, another legal suit was publicized. Axiom Verge Producer Dan Adelman was also pursuing legal action against BadLand. According to Adelman, BadLand received the Axiom Verge publishing deal on the promise to donate 75% of its sales cut to a medical expense fund for the son of developer Thomas Happ. Adelman alleges that BadLand kept stalling the release, which led to Happ funding the North American releases himself and terminating BadLand’s NA distribution rights. BadLand still had the distribution rights for Europe, but Adelman alleges that when asked to deliver the promised 75% medical fund cut, BadLand went silent. Adelman filed a $200,000 suit, also requesting access to BadLand’s records to see if they are actually owed more.
BadLand CEO Luis Quintans tells a different story, of struggling to keep his company alive after a bank made a mistake which cascaded into BadLand having all its credit lines canceled. Quintans claims that this ultimately led to the closure of BadLand Games and the opening of BadLand Publishing, and the chaos of this extended period is the reason why BadLand/Quintans went silent. Quintans further claims that he has offered repayment deals to both Limited Run Games and Adelman/Happ, but that both parties have refused the offers.
Quintans tweet on the matter includes what some view as a legal threat to those who carry Limited Run or Adelman’s story, but which could as easily just be an attempt to shut down more sensationalist groups capitalizing on the chance to make claims such as “Badland steals from disabled child.” The semi-controversial section of the Tweeted statement: “I have been forced to put this matter in the hands of my lawyers, who reserve the right to take legal action against anyone who might make public inaccurate or false information harmful to the interest of the company in which I now work, Badland Publishing, or my own.”