A Kickstarter campaign for a named board game Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch was canceled, with the publishers blaming “the current unrest in the world stemming from the election campaign in the United States”.
The game, a game that recreates Potter’s Quidditch with just a myriad of plastic miniatures, was looking for $ 450,000 to fund the release, but at the time of its cancellation it only raised $ 64,000.
In a statement posted to the game’s Kickstarter pageKnight Games publishers write:
The current unrest in the world that originated from the US election campaign is negatively affecting our Kickstarter. It created many technical problems on the web and froze our communication strategy plan.
All social networks and platforms are getting significantly less traffic, which has a very negative impact on advertising campaigns. This implies that they don’t have the range they would have in a normal situation.
We understand the concern and concern this is causing the North American people and we unite with them.
Therefore, we think it’s best to postpone the KS campaign until the next Thursday, November 12 (11-12-20) so that we can reach you all and deliver the products. the best with flexible and interference-free communication.
We truly apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, but we will compensate you all for this. For starters, we will include the Harry Potter character in the Core Box. But we’ll still have some other surprises to show you next week.
We apologize again, but the current situation forces us to pause this so we can launch with a stronger start and bring the universe of Harry Potter to all of you. is the meaning of our efforts.
Team Games Knights
It was … an awfully long bow to draw. As many users point out in the comments just below their statement, it is ignoring another factor – possibly the most important factor in people’s limited concerns. The problem may not really be the US election, but rather the price of the game, which is € 100 / $ 120, and that’s for cheapest version; The more strange version is € 300 / $ 350. For a quidditch game.
Publishers will try and re-list the game on November 12. Whether they try again at € 100 or not remains to be seen.