Guys, we have a small problem. Last week we noticed that a Chinese game company called Ziiso is creating an Iron Sky game for iPad, one that uses our plot line, characters, ships and even our damn tagline. This was a surprise for us, since we have in no way or form given that company any rights to the Iron Sky brand, or approved their game project. The game was published in iTunes App Store yesterday and people are starting to notice it, so here’s a warning to all the fans:
If you buy the Ziiso’s Iron Sky iPad game, the money goes to some dudes who have nothing to do with Iron Sky at all. You won’t be supporting independent cinema, you will be supporting douchebags who are riding on the coat tails of other people’s hard work. Moreover they are pretending that this is an official Iron Sky product, for example by adding the game information to our Wikipedia page, which it is not. It’s a scam. (BTW, if someone could go and correct the information about the game “Iron Sky: The Last Territory” on the WikiPedia page, we’d be grateful – Operation Highjump is valid information.)
While we warmly welcome all kinds of fan products, what we can’t stand behind is using Iron Sky in this kind of a commercial way, for making money, without even consulting us beforehand. Moreover it’s very unfortunate that these people are taking money from unsuspecting fans who think that they are helping us finance Iron Sky by buying the game.
We have made a complaint to Apple and since the are pretty draconian in their copyright policies, they will probably be pulling the game out of the store quite fast.
We are not publishing Iron Sky merchandize to increase the company shareholder value or whatever – we are publishing it to get money to make this film. For this reason this kind of IP grab frankly pisses us off.
UPDATE: Looks like the justice has prevailed. After we sent Apple a legally well formulated signed complaint according to their instructions, it took them two days to pull the game from the App Store. Thank you for all of you for your support on this issue, and thanks to Apple for acting quickly in pulling that… well, frankly, rather crappy game from circulation.
But as said, we welcome unofficial and non-commercial fan art and such projects, and if you are interested in creating a commercial video game or other product, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!