Rumors have been swirling around since last year that FOW tounaments run by BF or received BF prize support, must enforce a BF model only environment. The latter rumor was quickly struck down by John-Paul at BF several months ago....
However, the hammer has dropped on the former - for the 2012-2013 official BF tournament season only BF models will be allowed!
The final change we are making is that from the new season all the events we run with will be only allowing Battlefront miniatures to be used. This is bound to cause some debate, so let me be clear as to why we have chosen to go down this path. Joe, Gareth and our events cost a great deal of money to run: a little over a quarter of a million American dollars this year alone. And, although it seems childish to draw a line in the sand and say, “If you want to play at our events and support the FOW hobby, you should not be bringing other people’s models along,” it is absolutely that simple. Our business is a business and we want Flames Of War to grow; we intend to give it the best support we can, but this support has a cost.
Even though its apparent to anyone familiar with the industry that BF's sales are hurting from stiff competition from PSC et al., this is an incredibly bad business decision and is engendering a storm of ill will against BF. It's also rather insulting to the historical gaming genre that, in the press release article, Chris uses the term "the FOW hobby" - another hare-brained "marketing strategy" that goes against the very notion of historical games being resistant to IP branding.
If you are opposed to this decision (and really, why wouldn't you be?), be sure to make your voice heard on the FOW forum thread.
Until BF reverses this decision, I'll be boycotting their products.