Golden Bell Studios is starting their own Kickstarter site - Growing Tree

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If you haven't been filled in, look up "golden bell studios" on our search bar where you'll find a lot of the news we've covered about them in the past.

Long story short, GBS is a publisher that has a history of disastrous Kickstarter campaigns with numerous lawsuits under their belt, where the owner was even on "The People's Court" with a first time creator they had worked with. One of the most recent cases was #Unbroken, and you can find more info on that here. I also interviewed the designer of the game here.

Well, after getting booted from Kickstarter several months ago, looks like GBS is now starting their own crowdfunding website with some questionable terms. Here's one of the clauses a creator would be agreeing to so that GBS can avoid any defamation:

3.9. You agree not to make any statements, written or verbal, or cause or encourage others to make any statements, written or verbal, that defame, disparage or in any way criticize the personal or business reputation, practices, or conduct of Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. its assigns, employees, directors, officers, licensors, licensees, services, products, or any other affiliated or third party related in some way to the Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. You acknowledge and agree that this prohibition extends to statements, written or verbal, made to anyone, including but not limited to, the news media, investors, potential investors, assigns, any board of directors or advisory board or directors, industry analysts, competitors, strategic partners, vendors, employees (past and present), and you understand and agree that this paragraph is a material provision of this agreement and that any breach of this paragraph or otherwise herein this agreement shall be a material breach of this agreement and will justify legal and/or equitable relief by Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. due to the understanding that one of the parties would be irreparably harmed by violation of this provision. This clause shall survive the expiration and/or termination of this agreement. Furthermore, you shall aid Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. and supply Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. with any potential damaging, disparaging, or negative information about Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. that you have access to, know exists, or discover, by request of Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC., and agree to pay any and all attorney fees incurred by Golden Bell Studios, LLC, Golden Bell Entertainment, LLC., and/or Growing Tree, LLC. relating to this agreement.

https://www.thegrowingtreehouse.com/tos

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30 days ago

I'm going to say negative on that one.  I never backed any of their products but have seen enough online to know that name well in this community.  Weren't they sued on People's Court??

Supporter30 days ago

Wow. Wouldn’t touch that with a 2 foot pole. 

Supporter30 days ago

Oh boy...... Let the fireworks start. 

30 days ago

Haha oh noooo

27 days ago

Ha, I've never come across them before but picking up that they aren't the most popular kid on the street :D Will have to steer clear

27 days ago

Having had personal experience with GBS and their outright lies and horrible customer service I could only warn you to stay as far away from anything they do, as you can.  

Supporter27 days ago

Ughhh which project was it for?

26 days ago

It was on Unbroken.  Bottom line after lots of back and forth about where my game was, and being told it would ship to me from every source under the sun, the warehouse, another backer who they had shipped two copies, and discovering that they they had shipped the games originally via post office media mail...which is only for cds or paper and that the post office was holding all those packages and was possibly filing a mail fraud suit against GBS, many months went by and out of the blue the post office contacts me and asks me if I want the package, which was indeed shipped media mail and oh by the way you need to pay $17 bucks to pick it up as shipping was never paid for.  So I paid for it and washed my hands of GBS.  I still have all the slimy emails from them, basically lying about what they did, and how they did it.  There are huge Reddit threads about them and this kickstarter and apparently other endeavors as well.  I would stay as far from anything they did as is possible.

28 days ago


29 days ago

What a joke.  I was one of the people that he pulled phone numbers for and threatened to sue after I posted a review of the game.  

Over a year later he tried to make friends and said he never threatened me.  When I shared screen shots he claimed it wasn't him.  What a joke.

Supporter27 days ago

Wow...

When I first heard of them, I was amazed that their facebook page has 200K+ followers. They dip their toes on a lot of different industries. It's just amazing to me that a company can get away with something like this again and again in this day and age.

26 days ago

Yeah...they have scammed a lot of people in their time.  Unbroken is actually a a solid game, but I could not keep it, I was so disgusted by my experience with Golden Bell.  I played it, reviewed it, and sold it all in like a 3 week spread

28 days ago

Wow, that's pretty crazy. I don't think I'll be reviewing any of their games any time soon. I'd hate to not like something about it haha

Supporter29 days ago

I feel bad for the designer of Unbroken, because it is a great game, but got so much bad press because of GBS. I don't agree with how GBS handles themselves, but I also think we have an issue with over-entitled gamers. We could all afford to practice a little more grace in our lives.

26 days ago

So - most of us more experienced with the hobby know to stay clear away from Golden Bell. How can we help new gamers from falling into the Golden Bell trap? I'm concerned GB is going to do a lot to damage to the growth of the community.

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