A collective of online gaming fans is making a bid to buy an online world and hand it over to the players.
The Free Ryzom Campaign is hoping to purchase the online fantasy game Ryzom from current owners Nevrax who will go into receivership in December.
The campaign is raising the necessary capital through pledges and has already received more than 60000 euros.
If the group is successful it will purchase the source code for the game and distribute it for free.
Avid fans could then write code and contribute to the game's development.
"The game won't change, its more the way people will use it" said Xavier Antoviaque, a founder of the campaign and an ex-employee of Nevrax.
"Rather than just consuming the game, everyone will be able to contribute to it."