Over at Kill Ten Rats, Ravious has a post up discussing the recent Bioware emails sent out to SW:TOR fan sites. Apparently, the legal boffins are saying that Bioware cannot promote fan sites if those sites are making money, if it’s just enough to pay for hosting and on-going costs. While the emails aren’t a legal threat, they’re simply saying that Bioware would like to promote the fan sites, but won’t if there’s money being made.
But hang on.
Last I heard, a fan site is set up because the owner is a fan, and wants to let everyone else know about the game.
You’ve got to wonder about the mentality present in a company if they’re worried that the free publicity for the game they’ve lovingly labored over for the last umpteen years is making someone else a few dollars.
After all, they are happy to give the commercial MMORPG blogs like Ten Ton Hammer, Massively, and MMORPG.com interviews and lots of beta keys; and these sites are making a vast amount more than a little old fan site. Why do they care if the owner of a fan site makes something on the side?