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Carmack's god-ness derives from his skill in engine writing and (in this case) the Q3 core engine. This has already been released.
What good would Q3L do released under the GPL?
It won't advance thew community's store of knowledge of the game engine and it is not as though it is difficult or an unknown skill to write a browser plugin to launch a process outside of the browser sandbox or upload status/scores to a central server.
Not just that, J.C. was funded Mesa developers and give driver optimization instructions for Q3:
May 13, 1999
May 1999 - John Carmack of id Software, Inc. has made a donation of
US$10,000 to the Mesa project to support its continuing development.
Mesa is a free implementation of the OpenGL 3D graphics library and id's
newest game, Quake 3 Arena, will use Mesa as the 3D renderer on Linux.
The donation will go to Keith Whitwell, who has been optimizing Mesa to
improve performance on 3d hardware. Thanks to Keith's work, many
applications using Mesa 3.1 will see a dramatic performance increase
over Mesa 3.0. The donation will allow Keith to continue working on
Mesa full time for some time to come.