An indie developer called teamPixel decided to appeal to the masses so they could place a competitive bid in the THQ auction for Homeworld. Sadly, they have failed and will be issuing refunds to all the kind people who donated.
When the THQ properties were broken up and auctioned off, Homeworld held a particular interest for teamPixel. They wanted to use it towards their own space-age real-time strategy game. They appealed to gamers through Kickstarter and Indiegogo, raising over $58,000 and $13,000 on each site, respectively. But sadly, it wasn't enough to place a winning bid at the THQ auction.
In a recent Kickstarter update, the developer had some kind words for the winner. "We hope you will join us in supporting Homeworld's new owners in building a future for the franchise." It was a classy move by teamPixel.
The identity of the winning bidder may be revealed soon, so we'll just have to sit and wait to see what happens with Homeworld and the other IP's on auction.