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A Nefarious Plot To Repackage And Sell A Free Open-Source Game

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Imagine if a bunch of flight-sim enthusiasts got together and spent years assembling a free, open-source, constantly updated flight simulator. Wait actually, you don’t have to imagine that: It’s a real thing, and it’s called FlightGear. The open-source simulator has been around for years.

Now imagine some nefarious do-badders have co-opted the free game and are selling it under a made-up name. Unfortunately, you don’t have to imagine that either: It’s really happening.

As reported in a thorough and well-assembled exposé by Tim Stone at Rock, Paper Shotgun, the games VirtualPilot3D, ProFlightSimulator, Flight Simulator Plus and FlightProSim are all just made-up alternate names for FlightGear used to sell the free software to unsuspecting buyers.

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