Frontier Developments (studio behind Elite: Dangerous) announced yesterday that they are going public on the London Stock exchange. For those not in the know, FD received 1.3mil earlier this year through kickstarter for the production of Elite: Dangerous. One of the reasons they were asking for crowdfunding was that they didn't want to have to answer to a board of directors or publisher when making the game.
So now they are going to take all of those backers 1.3 mil, and sell the studio on the market. Which will end up with them having to answer to a board of directors, and could even possibly end up with the studio being bought out by a larger company like EA.
There is absolutely nothing in the kickstarter contract to prevent this. Nothing to protect the hundreds of thousands of backers. Yes those backers will still get what ever "backer rewards" were promised them, IF the game ever goes public. But the knife in the back is still hard to take.http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/195992/Frontier_Developments_going_public_with_59M_in_shares.php