As with every interest or hobby on Facebook, most come with one official “fan page”, and several unofficial community pages that are run by die-hard community members. Project CARS is no exception – WMD forum user sagedavid ran a highly successful pCars community fan page on Facebook, one that gathered over 24,000 likes and had a constant stream of activity.
As pointed out by other community members, the page pretty blatantly stated it was a fan page and not an official Facebook page run by Slightly Mad Studios. When the page was first created many years ago, sagedavid was specifically told by administration that what he was doing wasn’t an issue at all, and in fact was allowed to post several WIP screenshots only available to WMD forum users.Three years later, this has all changed. SMS now believed this innocent fan page would cause them legal trouble.
The explanation is this: It’s so good, it’s official-looking. This makes absolutely no sense at all and has no legal implications. There are tons of fantastic Metallica fan pages on Facebook that often post quality better than the real thing, and the boys from San Francisco never crack down on them.
Yet the mere mention of legal issues by Ian Bell seemed to bully sagedavid into taking the fan page down, with the promise that he’ll revive the page after the eventual release of Project CARS for the PC, PS4, and XBox One.
What’s interesting is that while the official Project CARS facebook page remains, WMD users appear to be critical of it, and express disappointment in sagedavid’s page being taken down, if only temporarily.
I struggle to understand why the head of the entire project is so up in arms over a simple Facebook page that is helping promote his game (for free) while the team has had to announce two delays in two months, and signs are pointing to the game not even being ready for a May release either.