'Scrolls' Case Heads to Court

September 27, 2011 -

If you thought that Minecraft maker Mojang and lawyers for Bethesda and parent company Zenimax would settle their dispute over the word "Scrolls" out of court, then you were a little too optimistic. A tweet from Mojang founder Markus Persson (Notch) confirms that the case is indeed heading to court:

"The Scrolls case is going to court! Weee! :D," Notch said this morning via Twitter.

Lawyers for Bethesda made first contact with Persson in August of this year, telling his company that it needed to change the name of its upcoming game "Scrolls," saying that it would cause brand confusion with the "Elder Scrolls" series and the next game Skyrim.

Last month Persson said "If we're going to court, I will fight this for as long as it takes."

I guess he'll get his chance to show just how much stamina the company has in court.

On a related note, Minecraft's Pocket Edition will be available on the Android Market September 29. The mobile version of the popular world-building game is similar to the Xperia Play version, except that it uses a virtual d-pad and contains no enemies, and no health or hunger bars. An iOS version is in development and will be released later this year.

Source: Edge


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Re: 'Scrolls' Case Heads to Court

As much as I like The Elder Scrolls series, I look forward to watching Bethesda crash and burn.

Re: 'Scrolls' Case Heads to Court

Bethesda is going to fail.

This is why the case will fail.

Question:

What did you call the first Elder Scrolls game?

And the second?

The third?

And the fourth?


Answers:

1. Arena

2. Daggerfall

3. Morrowind

4. Oblivion


And NOBODY used the words "The Elder Scrolls" before them, either.
 

Re: 'Scrolls' Case Heads to Court

Nothing good can come from this.

Seriously, utter waste of resources that could be spent on making games instead....

Re: 'Scrolls' Case Heads to Court

Ugh, for christ sake, drop it Bethesda.  Did their legal team hire Tim Langdell?

 
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