Elon Musk said he “probably won’t sue” if a video game developer makes a game using SpaceX assets.
Lyubomir Vladimirov had tweeted Musk 154 days in a row, asking for permission to use SpaceX’s name and logos.
Vladimirov called the game a “Mars survival simulator,” and said he will donate most of the profits to SpaceX.
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A SpaceX video game could soon become a reality.
Layabout Vladimirov, an independent game developer, tweeted SpaceX founder Musk more than 150 times over the past year, asking permission to use the company’s name and logos. On January 13, he finally got a response from the world’s richest person.
Musk said he “probably won’t sue” if the developer uses the aerospace company’s assets.
I'm a game dev. and I am making a game about colonizing Mars with you and SpaceX in it. If you think it's cool, all I need is the "Go ahead" to use your name and Logos.
I will post this every day for a year or until I get a Yes or a No!
154 / 365
— Lyubomir Vladimirov (@lvladimirovBG) January 12, 2021
The game, called “Mars Is Flat,” features both Musk and SpaceX. Vladimirov describes it as a “highly technical Mars survival simulator.”
Its website shows that Vladimirov made a SpaceX-style costume for the game in late December, before getting permission from Musk.
Players will eventually have to pay to access the game, Vladimirov said, but 80% of the profits will go to SpaceX.
“That way the game will not only serve the important purpose of entertaining people and sparking their interest in Mars, but it will actually help @elonmusk and SpaceX achieve it,” he tweeted.
Colonizing Mars is one of Musk’s biggest ambitions.
In December, he told Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Insider’s parent company Axel Springer, that he was selling all his possessions to fund a future colony on Mars. He has recently sold several expensive pieces of property, including three neighboring homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“I think it is important for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization and a multiplanet species,” Musk told Döpfner. “And it’s going to take a lot of resources to build a city on Mars.
“I want to be able to contribute as much as possible to the city on Mars,” he said. “That means just a lot of capital.”