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Indiegogo working with debt collectors to refund Sinclair ZX Vega+ backers

Indiegogo working with debt collectors to refund Sinclair ZX Vega+ backers

June 6, 2018 | By Emma Kidwell




Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced yesterday that it will be working with a collections agency to attempt to recoup funds disbursed for those who backed Retro Computers' Sinclair ZX Vega+ project.

In an effort to get Retro Computers to deliver their product and be held accountable for giving backers what was promised (which seems to be rare from crowdfunding services), Indiegogo gave the company an "end-of-May" 2018 deadline before initiating debt collection procedures. 

Originally pitched as a handheld games console based on the ZX Spectrum personal computer, the Vega+ was successfully funded back in March 2016, with a release date set for later that year and featuring a built-in LCD screen with 1,000 preloaded licensed games. 

As reported by PC Gamer, Retro Computers wrote on May 22 that it "estimated to ship the first batch of Vega+ units by the 15th June 2018", which prompted Indiegogo to extended its initial end-of-May deadline should the company meet three conditions. This included sending contact information of Sky representatives, refunding backers immediately upon request, and providing Indiegogo with a review console.

It seems the conditions were not met, which led to the decision to bring in a collections agency. 



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