French-Canadian transit company, The Societe de Transport de Montreal, is threatening the makers of a Counter-Strike map set in one of its subway stations with a lawsuit, stating the map will "create panic" among those who use the real-world train system, Journal de Montreal reports.
The map was designed by Diego Liatis and a group of friends who took it upon themselves to re-create Montreal's Berri-UQAM station. According to Liatis, he later received a later from the transportation company stating it does not want its "copyrights metro network" to appear in the video game and is considering legal action if the map, currently in-development for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is released.
"[The STM] told me that they feared the game could create panic among the city's public transit users," said Liatis.
Earlier in January, Liatis requested permission from the STM to recreate the station, but this was declined. Liatis designed the station regardless, believing it cannot be illegal to recreate a public space. According to the map designer, STM threatened him with a $50,000 fine in addition to court costs if the map releases.