Polygon

How the fan-made My Little Pony fighting game is persevering post-cease and desist from Hasbro

How the fan-made My Little Pony fighting game is persevering post-cease and desist from Hasbro

Working on a fan project is always something of a risk. You risk not completing the project. People might not like the subject for the same reasons you do. There could be issues translating something from one medium to another. Most risky of all however, is the risk of infinging on copyright.

The group behind the My Little Pony fighting game, Fighting is Magic, managed to conquer all obstacles but that last one mentioned above - they had a solid game, an enthusiastic fanbase, and work was almost complete. That, of course, is when they got the cease and desist order from Hasbro.

Yes, this is a My Little Pony story, but that's really only tangential to what's actually happening. A group of fans have become a group of budding game developers, and they've even earned the endorsement and help of Lauren Faust, whose credits include not just Friendship is Magic, but Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and The Iron Giant. Polygon tells the story well by focusing on the people, not the meme-rrific show that brought them together.