How can you get the attention of the world’s richest man? If you’d ask a certain game developer, he’d say by continuously tweeting.
Tesla CEO, SpaceX founder, and currently the world’s richest man, Elon Musk responded to a tweet from a person who had continuously been tweeting to him for over 154 days.
There is no doubt that perseverance does pay off.
An independent game developer Lyubomir Vladimirov set out to get Elon Musk’s attention and he succeeded! He tweeted Musk more than 150 times over the past year. On January 13, he finally got a response.
Lyubomir Vladimirov promised to publish the same message for the daily businessman for a year. He intended to ask Musk for permission to develop a game inspired by SpaceX, his space exploration company.
Dear Elon. I am a game developer and I am making a game about the colonization of Mars with you and SpaceX. If you think it’s cool, all I need is a ‘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 ” , says the video game creator’s post.
After 22 weeks, Musk finally heeded him and answered Vladimirov’s request.
“You can steal our name / logos and we probably won’t sue you,” the Space CEO replied from his Twitter account.
What is this game about?
The game is called Mars Is Flat and features both Musk and SpaceX. Vladimirov describes it as a “highly technical Mars survival simulator. “He 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. After receiving the response from Musk, Vladimirov said, 80% of the profits will go to SpaceX.
Musk and his history with Copyright
While the game is great, Musk has had an unhinged history when it comes to copyright and has often been publically critiqued.
In 2018, Musk got in trouble when he used the cartoon image of a farting Unicorn. Tom Edwards had drawn this image as an ironic tribute to electric cars.
Elon used this image without attribution, on Twitter to promote his Tesla electric car range, and ignored Edwards’ attempts to come to a licensing arrangement, telling the artist’s daughter it would be “kinda lame” to sue. Later, Elon Musk deleted his tweets, and the Colorado artist says he has reached a settlement with Musk.
If Musk does sue for copyright, it would be going back to everything he’d said about copyright so far. And in Musk’s own words, would be “kinda lame.”
What’s new with Tesla?
Elon Musk’s Tesla faces bumpier ride breaking into India after China
The world’s richest man Elon Musk, on Jan. 13 tweeted “as promised” in response to a report on a Tesla-focused blog that the automaker was in talks with several Indian states to open an office, showrooms, a research and development center — and possibly a factory.
This news sparked jubilation among fans, some of whom have had their electric cars on order for years. But it may prove the company’s hardest yet market to crack.
For all the hype, Tesla’s foray into India is far from a done deal. The company is in discussions with state officials but is yet to decide on an Indian base, according to the Tasmanian blog post that triggered Musk’s response, which came after months of unsubstantiated speculation in local media.
Although India is Asia’s third-biggest economy and home to a budding middle class, it hasn’t rolled out the welcome mat for EVs, unlike neighbor China, where Tesla set up its first factory outside of the U.S. and now dominates electric-car sales.
While it’s unclear how seriously Musk is thinking about making cars in India, the government is reportedly trying to lure big-name manufacturers, and Tesla would be the ultimate catch — like it was for China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is planning to offer about 1.7 trillion rupees in incentives to attract global companies to set up manufacturing. The nation has had some success, with about two dozen firms including Samsung Electronics Co., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., known as Foxconn, and Wistron Corp. pledging to establish mobile-phone factories. Teslas, however, are likely to be imported, at least initially.