Where in the World is Automobilista?

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EDIT: Reiza have confirmed the removal is due to a copyright claim on their official forums.

What began as a power-tripping exercise by the Formula One World Championship a few short days ago has now grown into an ugly monster that may serve to permanently damage the future of sim racing as we know it. Featuring an abundance of historical and modern Formula One content – albeit under fictional liveries and vaguely similar driver namesAutomobilista by Reiza Studios has been completely removed from the Steam online store days after RaceDepartment was forced to take down pages of Formula One modifications for the popular isiMotor title. Even when developers attempt to circumvent copyright laws by using generic knock-off logos and creative team names, Formula One has now made it clear that the world’s most prestigious racing series – and anything bearing even a passing resemblance to itis simply not allowed to exist alongside the poorly received officially licensed title.

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Automobilista, the newest title in a long line of racing simulators by South American developer Reiza Studios, features no less than five different machines spanning the history of Formula One, though their inclusion in the game is due in part to exploiting a well-known loophole. Even though the 2016 Grand Prix car featured in the game drives and sounds like a McLaren, technically the car is not listed as a McLaren at any point during gameplay, and the Mobil-1 logos have been replaced by the generic markings used to identify the developer. Of course, nothing is stopping diehard members of the commuity from rectifying this issue with a little time spent in Photoshop, but obviously Formula One have caught on to how this entire scene operates and attempted to put a stop to everything relating to top level open wheel cars in any video game whatsoever.

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After the existence of Automobilista and the abundance of totally not Formula One cars available in the game caught the attention of the Formula One World Championship over the past handful of days, thanks in no small part to how quickly our article regarding the situation over at RaceDepartment spread, suddenly the game does not appear on Steam at all. A team of lawyers representing Formula One are waking up in March of 2016 with the sole purpose to fuck with a group of people who are quite frankly the only folks still watching Formula One.

Browsing.jpgRaceDepartment user Sergiolo notes that it is now impossible to join any online race in Automobilista due to an integral game file no longer recognizing the various Formula One cars within the game, and struggles to express with his limited knowledge of English that Reiza Studios have “blocked” the use of the 2016 Grand Prix cars in some manner.

f1.jpgThe actions taken by Formula One over the past few weeks, while technically legal and well within their rights, are nothing short of absurd. While I’m not a fan of Formula One by any means, a large portion of sim racers consider this corporate entity to be the pinnacle of modern auto racing. For a company of this prestige to wake up one day and begin waging an unprovoked war against their diehard fans – to the point where they are now going after entire video game developers for daring to model a car that resembles a high level open wheel participant – is absolutely disgusting, and can have chilling effects on the future of sim racing as we know it.

109 thoughts on “Where in the World is Automobilista?

  1. WTF is this real news on here wtf????? GET THIS SHIT OFF HERE I WANTS RANTS THAT ARE LIES

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  2. Now I don’t want to jump to conclusions here but this looks pretty bad. I realize the powers that be are greedy as all hell but I’d like to know what rights exactly Reiza are infringing upon here, if FOM are indeed behind this. Ridiculous if true.

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    1. Turns out it wasn’t the FOM who did this, and the writer is just an idiot. But regardless, this game stole the F1 liveries without a license. How should that be legal?

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      1. No actual real F1 liveries existed from Rezia dumbass. Anyone making liveries and using them on their copy of the game isn’t Reiza using copying liveries, dumbass. Maybe know what the fuck you’re talking about before making dumbass statements.

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      2. I guess you never saw a copyright statement on a broadcast that reads something like the use of, likeness of, description of without express written consent is prohibited????

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  3. Wouldn’t bank on it just yet – I can host my own servers with F1 cars just fine, so it could simply be a coincidental combination of RD’s servers needing to be updated and the game briefly disappearing for whatever reason.

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  4. It is going to set precedents, and the biggest of all will be the unspoken threat of a monopoly of racing games. 1 game licensed, and that’s it. If F1 is doing this, then imagine how easy it would be for IndyCar or NASCAR.

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  5. I am 99% sure that removing Automoblista (if they did) is legal, they’re all fictional cars based on those regulations, not real cars, (also, the Extreme is a 2014 car, not a 2016 car), and they also have a non-fictional fully licenced car in there (the Copersucar, which is one of the two Retro cars).

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    1. Well visually at least, the other 70s car looks an awful lot like a Brabham, the 80s car is obviously the McLaren MP4/4, 90s is the 1995 Ferrari, Formula Reiza is the 2011 Red Bull, and Formula Extreme, that’s not based on any real car. But no names or trademarks are used and you’d have to be a real nerd to figure this out anyway. I’m not sure Reiza have done anything wrong; James might have jumped the gun on this story.

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  6. F1 = FUCKING CUNTS!!!!

    What a bunch of fucking cunt bitches!! These assholes have nothing better to do than fuck with the last bastions of “fans” who actually give a shit about their shitty modern day product.

    F1 is a fucking joke these days. You have these extraordinarily complex and massively technical engineering marvels in their power plants & recovery systems … and then you’ve got fuel flow limitations. Total fuel limitations. Limitations on limitations. Save your fuel. Save your tires. Save your brakes. Save yourself!!!

    Formula Lift & Coast.

    These fucking cunts keep spending their energy on dumb stupid shit (demonizing harmless modders, crusading to destroy small outfits like Reiza, etc) and fucking up the shit that works (ie. qualifying). They should be focusing on getting rid of dumbshit crap already in place (DRS, fucking ass tard tires, fuel limitations) and returning the sport of F1 back to being a REAL MAN’S SPORT!! Back when people like Nigel Mansell could barely get out of car after a race. Senna could barely lift his arms after winning (Portugal?).

    These fucking cunts have NO FUCKING CLUE how to CONNECT with their fan base. All they do is keep moving shit behind paywalls. The only fucking things these fucking cunts care about if the money grab. What a bunch of fucking wankers.

    I’ve just about had it with these fucking cunts. I’ll still continue to support the SIM dev’s working to give us yearning fans a way to connect to the sport. The better the SIM’s get, the closer we all get to stepping into a real F1 car. Always a work in progress, but at least we get to be of the journey.

    To completely STIFLE a company from evening partaking in this … these FUCKING CUNT MOTHERFUCKERS have NO FUCKING CLUE.

    FUCK THESE FUCKING CUNTS.
    FUCK F1!!!!

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  7. Does Project CARS have an F1 license? I’d think not considering their “Formula A” category.

    Then begs the question … how the fuck is Automobilista taken out and not pCars?

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      1. Did they? I don’t recall seeing any real-life liveries in-game. Rather, you can mod in real liveries, sure, but that’s beyond the scope–banning a game for mod content.

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  8. this is bad. for the sim racing community, for simulators. and what about rFactor2’s upcoming F1 2016? it’ll meet the same fate.

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      1. No, it isn’t. CM is a games development studio, they just have the right to develop the F1 games year after year, this is all FOM’s doing.

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      2. I wouldn’t be surprised if Codemasters is behind it. I uploaded a DiRT Rally video to show friends and within a few hours it was “flagged by A copyright owner using Content ID claimed some material in your video” Claimed by: CodemastersGames. I was like holy shit! They are paying someone to sit around on Youtube and flag videos for copyright all day? I posted the video on my personal Youtube account, I have ONE subscriber, and that video has had a whole 29 views in three months now. I’m not making a fucking dime off Youtube and I gave them free fucking advertising sharing my experience of the game. I stopped posting videos from DiRT Rally after that.

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      3. Here’s the friendly email. Was I in trouble? No, but apparently CodemastersGames really would like any revenue that might be generated from 30 odd views in three months and someone with one subscriber. It floored me too.

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    1. You mean the upcoming official ISI 2016 car? There won’t be any issues with that. The problem isn’t with F1 content being in other games, the problem is mods and unlicensed content (including AMS’s totally-not-F1 cars, assuming James is right about this one), hense why Assetto Corsa’s official content wouldn’t be hit.

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  9. I’ll mention this again from the Ferrari takedown article, since it is a similar case:

    When Crave localized Tokyo Xtreme Racer Zero (Shutokou Battle 0), Honda (which has a flip flopping stance against street racing, although they are more consistent about it in Japan) apparently asked them to rename the chassis codes of their (unlicensed) cars in that game. (They also forced Crave to redraw the box art to reduce one of the box art cars’ similarity to the NSX, although they did not do that for the disc art – which was recycled from TXR2 for Dreamcast anyway. Furthermore, one of their cars, the Stepwgn (a Japan-only MPV) retained it’s original chassis code, Type-RF2 in both JP and US versions of the game.)

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  10. The 200 people playing AMS aren’t hurting anyone by using real F1 skins on ‘fictional’ F1 cars.

    Formula 1 and certain brands like Porsche and Ferrari need to start looking at video games as promotional opportunities, not just a way of fleecing studios with extortionate, exclusive licensing fees.

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  11. It sucks but the F1 Group licenses their image to a specific company, Codemasters, in the same business. It is in their right to ask those who grant it to protect its use because it is harmful to their product: they compete in sales without the cost of licensing.

    Could very well be an agreement term for the license renewal, seems like it would expire this year.
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-04-16-codemasters-to-renew-f1-racing-license

    In the end, Automobilista will probably just have to block UV modding for their Formula car.

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  12. Interesting:

    1. The main stuff deleted was in regards to this years cars (2016) and anything that looked or sounded like a 2016 car, no matter what year.

    2. F1 has recently been put up for sale, and it can be sold if CVC wants to offload it. (Article here: http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ecclestone-sale-price-of-f1-has-been-agreed-682550/). More than likely they’re trying to sell it as a premium brand and that means their licences will bring them money. So unlicenced mods and replicas? Bye Bye.

    3. Codemasters are imminent on announcing release dates and what F1 2016 is gonna be like. I’m sure they want to reap all the benefits they can get since their past few entries have been well below average and I’m sure they and FOM weren’t please no one bought F1 2015 and that modders put out a mod that was better than their game.

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  13. Stock Car Extreme is still on sale and features unlicenced F1 cars. I think someone is jumping to conclusions for the sake of headline – just for a change.

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  14. Another story based on complete speculation and the author’s own assumptions. Considering how the car he calls a 2016 McLaren is actually a 2014 car designed to generally conform to the regs as their own design and not in keeping with any real car (if you look at the noses for the year none match very well nor do most of the aerofeatures) its clear that the author here is so full of shit he doesn’t even know whats actually in the game.

    Assumptions upon assumptions.

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      1. Because you are making shit up. Just because 1 or 2 details turn out to be true doesn’t mean that the other 20 assumptions you make are fair or correct.

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  15. If we just assume that this is doings of FOM or their representative, so how much money do they think they could possibly milk from Reiza, which is probably running with an average budget of an Ice Cream stall. I’d say pretty much nothing as they just say no thanks, remove or somehow alter the content and continue with their other stuff. So, sim racers have no such open wheelers anymore and F1 doesn’t have either the money or the free promotion? Who’s fucking winning here now?

    Another thing is chasing down some modders. RD is probably an easy catch, but the mods and links to them can be found all over the fucking internet. It is no way that any average Joe painter would ever pay a dime for making a livery. And it is ultimately impossible to remove them from circulation. So, in this case sim racers most likely still have their mods, F1 doesn’t get the money and people are pissed of because F1 has time to chase autistic sim racers instead of fixing a broken sport. Who’s fucking winning here again?

    This is so stupid that it is awesome. Assuming all of this is true, of course.

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    1. That’s exactly the point. If a small business can’t afford to pay a company like FOM, the only possible solution in order to avoid further legal problems is to simply disband and disappear from the market. FOM is not against the money (Like they don’t already have enough of those), FOM is against unauthorized competition which may or may not affect their image. FOM can’t chase half the underground communities we have for all sims. They’ll never stop us.

      #MakeModdingGreatAgain

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  16. Not much of an F1 fan, so I do not recognize the cars, but if Reiza used actual Formula 1 car designs (not liveries, but body shapes), then they are simply idiots. There is a reason why pCARS Formula A is an F1 lookalike, not just renamed existing F1 car.

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    1. They did indeed do that, except for the Fittipaldi car, but that’s licensed, and the Formula Extreme, which is a fictitious design inspired by 2014 regs.

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    2. All non licenced cars in AMS are only based on real cars.. And nobody confirmed that issue with steam page is related to F1 cars… Only thing we know is that developement will continue whether it will be on steam or without steam…so it might be more of an issue with stream than with licenses …but who knows… First thing after reading something on prc should be realizing that it is probably another constructed BS based on some factual information and not making any conclusions based on it…

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  17. Amusing how Stock Car Extreme is still up, despite containing much of the same content. I did think the fake liveries were sailing a bit close to reality…

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    1. why’s that funny you little cunt muffin,was you the dirty little fucking nark that did this?, fucking rat grass piece of shit, best bit is you drive like shit, little bitch.

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      1. Actually I’m a modder, I let people who enjoy my mods to drive.
        Also, Steam doesn’t remove random garbage at the first report from a random user (If that is even possible at all). DMCA claims can be done by contacting them directly, if you’re “powerful” enough. Which means that whoever did this, have enough leverage to do anything they want.

        You know why it’s funny? Because they’re a bunch of morons. Who’s that stupid to sell a game with content which is almost a 100% carbon copy of copyrighted cars such as the F1 cars thinking they could get away with it by simply changing the logos? I tell you who: Reiza.

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  18. Wouldn’t this be hilarious if the situation is caused by a PRC false report as he tried to do with the crowdfund a few months ago?

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    1. I doubt it. I’d be more inclined to say one of those guys that keep posting stuff against AC and AMS. But Valve wouldn’t take down the store page because of user report. The report must come from someone authorized if the claim is against F1 look a like usage.

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    2. “I doubt it. I’d be more inclined to say one of those guys that keep posting stuff against AC and AMS. But Valve wouldn’t take down the store page because of user report. The report must come from someone authorized if the claim is against F1 look a like usage”

      I really wouldn’t be surprised if one of the little AMS hating twats reported this somehow to FOM, seems strange only AMS mods was hit on RD.

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      1. You got me, I personally reported this matter to my good old friend Mr. Ecclestone and he put things in motion and here we are.

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  19. Who needs capable simulators for entertainment when we have this shit going on. Not forgetting, of course, devs with personality disorders and autistic fanboys which both offer at least similar level of entertainment.

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  20. The real strike is against publishing only via Steam. If Automobilista were available via other channels, then Steam wouldn’t have been able to shut them down. Makes ISI look a bit smarter in keeping dual sales channels.

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  21. This was only matter of time, shape and skins are just way too similar that it would go unnoticed in Formula One Management.

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  22. How the fuck is Project CARS still standing then? Their Steam page is still up. Or, are they next on FOM’s shitlist? Nazi facist bitches!!

    FUCK FOM
    FUCK F1

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    1. With that miserable crowdfunding they can only afford the plane tickets to the US, hoping they don’t get robbed or stabbed to death while going to the airport.. You know, Brazil high crime rates and all that.. Would be a shame if something bad happened to them..

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    2. For fuck’s sake…

      That crowd-funding was NEVER, EVER, EVERRRRRRR for the 2017 game, it was on the goddamned IndieGoGo page! It was ONLY for extra content for SCE (which because AMS).

      I repeat:

      THE CROWDFUNDING WAS NEVER FOR REIZA ’17!

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  23. Now that Reiza has confirmed AMS was taken off Steam due to copyright issues, where are all the douche bags that said this was just another bullshit made up article by PRC? When are they going to admit they were wrong and PRC was right and apologize for being cunts?

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    1. Nobody said it was made up, just that James was jumped the gun by saying it MUST have been FOM, especially as Game Stock Car, which has the same F1-look-a-like content in it was still on the store, and that it was very plausible that Renato had accidentally sat on a keyboard or something and taken the game down by mistake.

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    2. Nobody is going to apologise because most of this article is still wrong. His version of fact checking is screen capping something and saying “look, there are my facts, I just checked that they exist”.

      Nothing to do with hosting particular vehicles for instance is correct in this article nor is his assertions about the nature of the Formula car he spoke about (said it was a 2016 McLaren when its a generic 2014 spec car with no particular features associated with a real one).

      And on and on do the errors go.

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      1. Reiza is based in Brazil. With the speed of its justice system FOM would have to wait like 20 years for a definitive result lol

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