The man was persistent, if nothing else.
I think we’ve all attempted to badger someone we admire into submission at least once in our lives. I once lurked on Skype like an hour just for the chance to get on a podcaster’s call-in segment and babble like an idiot for five minutes. But there’s a certain threshold where harmless badgering turns into a mildly alarming spectacle, and if you asked Elon Musk where his latest admirer crossed it, he’d probably say about half a year ago.
For about 154 days, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk received the exact same message on Twitter from one Lyubomir Vladimirov requesting permission to use SpaceX’s likeness in a game he was developing. Vladimirov’s tweet read, “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’.” This was followed by a “1/365,” which ticked up every single day until it hit “154/365.” Meanwhile, Vladimirov has been working on his game, posting videos of his progress on Twitter while hoping Musk would respond.
You can steal our name/logos & we probably won’t sue you
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 13, 2021
Last Wednesday, Musk finally caved and responded to the eager programmer, writing out a single sentence on his own Twitter: “You can steal our name / logos and we probably won’t sue you.” Welp, that’s basically a yes!
Vladimirov immediately posted a quantifying statement to his own Twitter after receiving the sort-of-go-ahead from Musk. “I want to give 80% of the profits from the game to SpaceX. In that way, the game will not only serve the important purpose of entertaining people and arousing their interest in Mars, but will also help Elon Musk and SpaceX to achieve this,” he wrote.