The saga of BadLand Games continues. Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ, producer Dan Adelman, and North American (retail) publisher Limited Run Games have all accused BadLand Publishing of breaking their contract and withholding hefty sums of money. A judge ruled that BadLand must pay up to Limited Run, but they haven't done so. Meanwhile, Happ and Adelman are in the process of taking legal action. BadLand issued another statement today, and it's just as unapologetic and accusatory as the last.
Once again BadLand blames Happ, Adelman, and Limited Run for not being communicative enough, even after already admitting that BadLand went silent for months due to financial troubles. The victims claim they repeatedly tried to contact BadLand to no avail, and that BadLand only started replying after lawsuits were filed. Meanwhile, BadLand keeps insisting that none of this would be an issue if there was more communication. It's been nearly a year and a half since the physical version of the game launched, and BadLand hasn't paid back a penny. They owe Limited Run Games around $80,000 (as ordered by a judge after BadLand simply refused to show up to their court date), and Adelman and Happ allege they are owed around $200,000.
BadLand opens their statement by saying "Neither Badland Games nor Luis Quintans have NEVER made any kind of profit from the sale of the game Axiom Verge." Presumably what they intended to state is that they have made zero profit off the game. The double negative suggests the opposite, but we assume this was a grammatical mistake on their part.
Either way, their reasoning is that because BadLand Games went bankrupt last October (13 months after Axiom Verge launched at retail), that means the company and its CEO never profited off Axiom Verge. However, they pocketed $78,000 from Limited Run and an estimated $200,000 that was due to Happ and Adelman. The fact that BadLand ran into troubles and then lost this money in bankruptcy does erase the fact they pocketed the money in the first place. They were given a check from Limited Run, and they never fulfilled their end of the bargain. The same is true of Happ. Call it whatever you want.
BadLand goes on to try to distance Luis Quintans from the fiasco altogether. Luis was the CEO of BadLand Games when the deals were struck with Limited Run, Happ, and Adelman. After BadLand Games folded, he then moved over to BadLand Publishing, a label set up in 2017 to keep the company's distribution and publishing branches separate. The latest statement claims that Luis is "just another employee" at BadLand Publishing, and thus is not responsible for any of this. However, his own personal LinkedIn page says he's the Group CEO of BadLand Publishing to this day. Again, call him whatever you want, but he was the man in charge when these contracts were made and then violated.
Finally, BadLand accuses Happ, Adelman, and Limited Run of running "a defamation campaign that seeks to promote third parties to the detriment of our interests." Essentially, they're accusing the people they never paid of trying to ruin their reputation for strategic purposes. Meanwhile Happ, Adelman, and Limited Run say they just want their money back. In the case of Limited Run, they claim there's virtually no chance of them profiting off this deal at this point, and they just want to minimize their losses. Happ, on the other hand, needs the money for medical bills, as his son suffers from Kernicterus.
Source: BadLand Publishing (via Nintendo Everything)