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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Notch Calls Out Bethesda

Wait, could these have a copyright problem?
Trademark disputes are nothing new in the game business, I remember doing battle with Marvel over the trademark to Champions in the early 1980's. (We won, by the way, though it cost us a fair amount of money.) What may be changing is the method of resolution. Seems that Bethesda got a bit antsy over Mojang's looking to trademark the word "Scrolls", and fired off a legal letter.

Here's Notch's response (Notch is the handle of Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft and Mojang):

I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.
If we win, you drop the lawsuit.
If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you’re fine with.
Regardless of the outcome, we could still have a small text somewhere saying our game is not related to your game series in any way, if you wish.

Oh, I do wish Bethesda would take him up on this... but sadly, I suspect they won't.

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