2Awesome Studio, the team behind a Kickstarter campaign for the shooter Dimension Drive, just had their hearts put through the ringer.

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With their time almost up, and with thousands remaining to hit their goal, a single backer appeared out of nowhere and pledged €7000.

The devs were, unsurprisingly, thrilled.

But then, heartbreak.

The clock has since run out, and the game was just under €7000 short of hitting its goal.

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“We honestly do not know what to say”, 2Awesome’s Alejandro Santiago tells Kotaku. “We are quite devastated in the team right now. It has been a roller-coaster night for us to be honest.”

2Awesome say the pledge, which was made a few hours before the campaign’s closure, was withdrawn by Kickstarter for being “fraudulent” with only 31 minutes remaining.

“Honestly speaking it has been a exhausting month for us. We have been working really hard to make our campaign a success, and right now we are speechless, demoralized, you name it”.

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A Kickstarter rep tells Kotaku that the user behind the fraudulent bid has been suspended.

It’s one thing to have a game come up short on Kickstarter. Shit happens, the market pays for what the market wants, etc. But nobody should have to go through this.