FSF helps free online gaming world

By   |  December 15, 2006

The Free Software Foundation announced that it will officially support the Free Ryzom campaign with a pledge of $60 000.

Ryzom is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) engine and client/server architecture which was developed by the now bankrupt Nevrax company.

When Nevrax announced their bankruptcy a community of volunteers formed by ex-employees, current players and free software sympathisers grouped together with the intention of releasing the game under the GPL licence. With the support of the FSF, it is now expected that the campaign will be able to increase its bid to over 200.000€.

Peter Brown, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, said that the FSF considers the Free Ryzom campaign “a high priority project for the free software movement”. With a fully free game engine and architecture people would be able to develop their own universes with unique content, with each universe benefiting from shared technical developments.

The campaign is also seeking to create a non-profit organisation to run and maintain the current game servers. Monthly fees would be spent on service costs and game development. Pledges can be submitted at the Free Ryzom campaign website (www.ryzom.org).

Pledges must be made within the next few days, since the deadline for the final bid is expected sometime before Wednesday, December 19, depending on when the judges make their decision.

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