There has been plenty of controversy surrounding the Cheetahmen II Kickstarter since it was first announced last week. From the general dislike from gamers feeling that Kickstarter is being abused to the comments made by the James "Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe's partner, Mike Matei, who initially felt that backing the Kickstarter was a mistake, but has since realized the error of his comments.
At the Classic Gaming Expo, our own 8-Bit Eric spoke with the man behind the Cheetahmen II Kickstarter and owner of Active Enterprises, Greg Pabich, about the history of the game and the Kickstarter. During the interview, Pabich stated that he backed the recently completed $8.5 million Kickstarter project for the Ouya and is looking to make a Cheetahmen game for the console and iPhone:
"I'm just enthralled with the idea for Ouya and the ability to put these games on a big screen TV. So I donated...backed that Kickstarter project myself so I can have the ability to go back to Ouya and work on a Cheetahmen game for the Ouya console. And then secondly, the other project that we're working on, of course, is that we're working on, that we announced on the website, an iPhone version of Cheetahmen that will be a whole new complete game that nobody has ever seen before."
A recent article on 1MoreCastle.com brings up an interesting point that could potentially derail those future games. Written by Johnny de Alba, the article points out that trademark for "Cheetahmen" is not owned by Greb Pabich, but owned by John T. C. Hubbard of SuckerFreeGames.com. Pabich actually owns the trademark for "Cheetahmen Games." We'll have to see if this trademark issue will become something that the courts will have to figure out in the future because, you know, what we need right now is a legal battle about who owns the right to make a new Cheetahmen game.