Tuesday, June 30, 2015
ENnies had a Mass Effect - How Legit ARE the ENNies as an Industry Award?
+Christopher Helton has an excellent article on the copyright infringing Mass Effect "Powered by FATE" RPG reaching the ENnies finals. Go read it and then come back. We'll wait for you.
There we go.
Now, I'm not sure which is more surprising:
1 - That the writer of a copyright infringing RPG supplement, who actually submitted this very work to two other RPG award panels, thought that somehow this would not get flagged. Oh, and that getting attention to his work would somehow escape the attention of the powers that be (Bioware) is basically stupid.
2 - That the ENnies didn't flag this before passing it one to it's esteemed panel of self nominated judges. Wait, you knew that, right? Not only do publishers have to self nominate (and send hard copies of their work if it's in print - 1 copy per judge) but the panel is self nominated and pretty much voted on by their social media popularity.
So, what kind of vetting process goes on before passing on the material to the ENnie judges? Ignore that question, as the answer is obvious.
It didn't just get nominated in one category either. It got nominated in three: Best Electronic Book, Best Free Product and Product of The Year. Yes, product of the year.
Now, even if there wasn't a review of the entries before they were passed on to the self nominated judges, you think it would have been done after the five finalists per category were submitted, but apparently the answer is "no."
Maybe the folks behind the ENnies could add the IPIAs - Intellectual Property Infringement Awards. It would make for some interesting internet drama if nothing else.
Overall, it just shows how the relevance of the ENNies is decreasing each year, especially if they can't police their own award process.
There is an interesting thread on this whole issue at ENWorld. It makes for an entertaining read.