Heavy Cat Studios may be a rip off according to this FGL thread: https://www.fgl.com/view_thread.php?search=1&offset=0&thread_id=41306
Some excerpts for people without FGL accounts:
"I hired Heavy Cat Studios to work on the sequel to my racing game "Freegear", but they have been quite unresponsive so far and I'm not exactly aware of the market for these things, but $1000 for a car animation, still props and a handful of backgrounds is a little steep for me."
"To start with Heavy Cat Studio, I would recommend you not to work with him. My experience with them was very bad, especially about delays and communication. Having to ask during months to deliver the work."
"NEVER work with Heavy Cat Studios. They are a scam.
I know an artist who worked for them and did about 1-2 weeks work and they simply didn't pay him. And he knew of other artists in a similar position. Same level of bs goes for companies hiring HCS to make games.
If you're an artist working for them, you sign a contract that may as well read "I agree to shoot myself in the foot.""
Be careful guys. No one wants their (already) small budget to become even smaller.
Here my actual history:
Is Heavycat scam ? skyprollc scam ? ...
Well this is my situation, i'm tired of this and i go to to post and send advises to the people to no contract heavycat
(They are the same)
Here other that payed near a year ago(My patience is over) for a comic project and never see nothing back than and fast sketches of characters in black/white made in a few minutes after wait 4-5 months.
Still remember the email before pay that was:
"Hey, Are we in business? I have a producer and our artist standing by."
...But the reality is that the producer was assigned more than 2 weeks(Or he said..) after this email and only after 4-5 months i received a useless sketches.
After tired of all this i requested the refund of my money and i get this reply from Scott, the Executive Producer and CEO.
We're not able to find an artist with enough time to complete your comic project, so we will be canceling the commission and refunding your payment. We will contact you shortly with an update on how the refund will be processed.
...Shortly? This email was received on november of the last year(The last email i received from Scott), and now, April 21, 6 months after still i'm waiting for the refund.
They changed the email various times and every month or some weeks i sent an email but after the email to request the funds i'm not getting any reply(6 months ago).
Now i see they have 2 companies or websites with practically the same content.
A week ago i sent an email using their form in both webs asking about the refund and again no replies. I sent emails to all the email directions i was get replied and the new/updated ones in their webs without luck.
So, i will contact paypal, like this guy with a similar situation like me: http://www.talkarcades.com/talk-arcades/19943-its-time-you-heard-what-you-dont-want-hear.html#post135696
So I called up Paypal to see what my options were and they said I could easily get my money back. I offered you to keep $100 and refund me the $800 immediately. You sent the money within a day or so and that's that.
Seems the unique form to get the money back
, well , this and post the history on every developers forums like the other guys that get finally their refund:http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,176943.0.html?PHPSESSID=pnFTAYBdpt1K17sDxVFl62http://www.talkarcades.com/talk-arcades/19943-its-time-you-heard-what-you-dont-want-hear.html#post135696
And well, if you search in google you can find a lot more stuff of people angry with refunds, deliver times, emails without replies....:https://www.google.com/#q=heavy+cat+scam
So, well, if they not want answer me via email maybe they want answer me via forums, seems the only way to get their attention, seems their are more focused on reply posts in forums, trying to clean his image than answer the emails.
Again, as i said, i sent an email to all the directions on i get previously a reply from they and also from the new and updated ones in their websites using the form, receiving the last one from they 6 months ago, as you can see, post on forums is my last option, and don't know what more can i do.