ZeniMax, the publishers and owners of the DOOM trademark, have put their legal sights on a freelance, independent developer and his DOOM inspired freeware game.
DoomRL - which is a roguelike game based on the popular DOOM series - is created by Korel Kisielewicz and was first released in 2013. The game gained traction with the independent community and the DOOM community alike, the latter of which has a history of heavy modding and spin-offs.
Earlier this week, Korel Kisielewicz posted an image of a legal document issued by lawyers allegedly from ZeniMax Media, ordering that he take down references to DOOM, ZeniMax Media and associated trademarks or face legal action.
This is not the first time a big publisher has issued takedown notices against fan creations. A more infamous case involved Nintendo taking down dozens of Pokémon and Mario fan games, many of which weren't profiting or generating revenue for anyone.
Whether Mr. Kisielewicz intends to challenge the letter or not remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure; DoomGuy would not be happy.
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