Formula One is cracking down on unlicensed mods

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Bernie Ecclestone is looking amazing lately

Formula One has long been considered the sport of the obscenely rich. Billion dollar teams which command the most cutting edge of technology in order to shave a few tenths of a second when taking a corner at a ludicrous speed. Naturally, expensive teams make for some big money opportunities, as the F1 circuit has more merchandise in the wings than an entire library of Star Wars films.

The sport also has ardent supporters, people who live to at least simulate what it’s like to pilot a car which is barely held together with carbon fibre strings as the kilometres rocket away on the speedometer. That’s where the Codemasters games come in, as they’re the only competition in town when providing that digital thrill to fans. But for some fans, it’s not enough as they seek to mod their way to an even more authentic experience.

Proper liveries, fancy doodads and current driver rosters, all modded up and released for free to players of the older F1 games. Naturally, the Formula One governing body isn’t happy with that, as ol’ Bernie Ecclestone’s boys have demanded some immediate ceasing and desisting from the players responsible.

Formula One World Championships Ltd has so far been successful in having 30 pages of mods being removed from the Race Department forum, according to PC Gamer, with contributors on the on Pretend Race Cars website being understandably upset. There’s two sides to this of course. On the one hand, Formula One is well within their rights to police their licensed property. It’s part of the deal when buying the game after all.

On the other hand Darryn, doing so feels completely unnecessary and rather much like a big slap in the face with a tiny penis to some of the most loyal F1 fans around. Imagine if you will, a comic book convention that had cosplay police demanding that fans halt any attempt to dress up like a licensed character, thus bumming out the several hundred Kylo Rens and Deadpools in attendance. Actually, that’s not a bad idea.

It’s not the first time that the FIA has been heavy-handed with their fans, and it most certainly won’t be the last time either as the older governing body continues to flex some legal muscles that is completely out of touch with a vibrant fan community.

Last Updated: March 30, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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