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LinuxDevCenter: Stratagus: Open Source Strategy Games

Jul 18, 2004, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Wen)

"Sometimes calling something free might not make for the best publicity. Such was the case with FreeCraft. This open source project began with much promise--an engine that game developers or hobbyists could use to create real-time strategy (RTS) games for Linux, Windows, and other platforms. It also annoyed game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment (renowned for its RTS franchises Diablo, StarCraft, and WarCraft) for two reasons.

"First, FreeCraft allowed players to use the assets from their copies of WarCraft 2 to run the game on the FreeCraft engine (and, thus, on a Linux system). Second, its name highly resembled that of StarCraft. The company sent a cease-and-desist letter to the people behind FreeCraft and the project apparently shut down..."

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