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WaterMelon Games’ Fans Launch Petition Calling For Paypal To Return Seized Money

Fans of struggling retro developer WaterMelon Games push for Paypal to release money allegedly seized following the launch of Paprium

Watermelon Games petition

 

Earlier this week, we reported that developer WaterMelon Games had announced that their funds had been seized, presumably by PayPal, following the recent release of their Sega Genesis beat-’em-up Paprium. The seizure resulted in Watemelon’s decision to begin selling off their IP and hardware rights, including those to the aforementioned Paprium, Pier Solar and the Great Architects, as well as a handful of unspecified AAA Genesis and Super Nintendo titles in development.

Today, WaterMelon sent out another email to backers. This time around, the message directed the company’s fans to a recently launched Change.org petition. The petition’s goal, which was posted in both French and English, is to encourage Paypal to release the funds they allegedly recovered from WaterMelon’s account.

You can find the full English text of the petition below:


“We are WaterMelon customers, and we support the video game Paprium.

Paprium was announced in 2012, and released in December 2020.

It was a long time coming, but it was worth it.

The Company WaterMelon honored its contract by producing and sending the game to all of the initial investors in December 2020.

However, we have learnt that the PayPal funds destined to WaterMelon were blocked.

Consecutively, WaterMelon cannot sell any more products!

We are asking you kindly to recover WM’s PayPal Account payments@watermelon-games.com as soon as possible and to transfer the money on WaterMelon’s bank account, with the total sum that was collected in December 2020.

We thank you for your attention.

Best regards,

 

WaterMelon Customers.”


At the time of this writing, the petition has garnered nearly 500 signatures in just two hours. While it remains to be seen if the petition will influence PayPal either way — after all, we still don’t know what exactly the payment processor has accused WaterMelon of doing — it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

So, what are your thoughts on WaterMelon’s crusade? Did you pre-order Paprium? If so, did you receive your game? Additionally, if you requested a refund, was it honored by the developer? Be sure to sound off in the comments and let us know.

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