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Confederate Express

Covering Kickstarter campaigns can be tricky business. Between conflicts of interest, the nature of crowdfunding, and the potential for scams, a lot can go wrong when an outlet like Destructoid highlights a particular campaign. Some of the writers on staff refuse to cover crowdfunding projects for those reasons. I am more of an optimist, but expecting the best from everybody is one way to get burned, eventually.

When I first wrote about Confederate Express, I made a point to note my wariness on a project with so little gameplay to show, but I assumed the best of Maksym Pashanin and his brother, who appear passionate about the game in the Kickstarter video. Those assumptions might be unfounded, as the brothers are alleged to be abusing California tenant law through Airbnb to squat in a condo in Palm Springs.

Airbnb is a way for property owners to earn a little money by renting out housing for short periods, typically for vacations. Cory Tschogl rented her condo to the Pashanin brothers for 44 days, after which they refused to vacate. Since their stay exceeds 30 days, they are considered month-to-month tenants and have protections under the law.

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