ZeniMax which owns Bethesda and id Software has taken steps to have a popular Doom fan made project, DoomRL (DOOM The Roguelike) taken offline.
Developer, Kornel Kisielewicz shared the takedown notice they had received which claims that the website at http://doom.chaosforge.org. The notice raises that the site contained information which “falsely suggests ZeniMax’s sponsorship or endorsement.” That information appears to be the use of META tags on the website and other visible and concealed ZeniMax trademarks. The site currently remains unaltered at the time of writing.
So… Zenimax have just written to me demanding I take down the DoomRL site… :-/ pic.twitter.com/tXAwdq59Zz
— Kornel Kisielewicz (@epyoncf) December 2, 2016
The decision by ZeniMax comes in a stark contrast to their promotion of Brutal DOOM 64, another fan-made Doom project which the company was promoting to have its fans vote for the project in The Game Awards 2016. The Doom Twitter account directed players to The Game Awards website to vote for Brutal DOOM 64 in the Best Fan Creation category.
— DOOM (@DOOM) November 30, 2016
Doom RL is still available to download at the time of writing for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Kornel Kisielewicz also has a Kickstarter for Jupiter Hell, a spiritual successor to DoomRL