Notch Challenges Bethesda to Lawsuit Deathmatch

 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 NEXT
 

Notch Challenges Bethesda to Lawsuit Deathmatch

image

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson wants to settle Bethesda's Scrolls trademark lawsuit the old-fashioned way: Quake 3 Team Deathmatch! (And he's serious, by the way.)

Earlier this month, Notch received a letter from Bethesda's legal department claiming that Scrolls, the new game in the works at Mojang, infringes upon its Elder Scrolls trademark. The notification demanded that Mojang rename its game or face legal action, as well as "a pile of money up front before the legal process has even started."

Things have been relatively quiet since then, presumably as the lawyers ply their trade and earn their exorbitant fees, but now Notch has decided to take matters into his own hands, throwing down the gauntlet and challenging Bethesda to settle their differences like men. "Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie?" he wrote on his blog. "Well, let's do that instead!"

"I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, your select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins," he wrote. "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, he said he would still be willing to include a notice somewhere stating that Mojang's game is not related to the Elder Scrolls series, if Bethesda wants it included. And he's not kidding around, either. "I am serious, by the way," he added.

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Thanks to TheGuy(wantstobe) for the tip.

Permalink

Andy Chalk:

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

Let the games...
image
BEGIN!

If, of course, Bethesda has the stones for it.

Thanks for fixing, Mr. Gency

Notch, dude, u were already cool in my book for minecraft, but dang...

stay godlike man, stay fucking godlike

Traun:

Andy Chalk:

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

They = Lawyer Yes?

Sounds like how it should be...a gentlemans sport to see who wins...

sounds like a cool way of doing it. however for bethesda that might bring about a president where they have to accept all challenges for quake fights for ALL copyrights sounds a bit risky for them.

Hell yes. This is how all stupid conflicts should be solved; video game violence instead of suing the pants off of everyone.

Fucking. Awesome.

But anyways, Notch (or his folks) are quite smart. Whether they win or lose the Quake- match, they get huge amount of publicity.

Though I think we all know this won't happen ^_^

A blatant publicity stunt, but an awesome one.
Cant wait to see Bethesda's response, or be in the room when they see Notch's challenge.

EDIT= the more I read it the more Im awed by Notch here, no matter how Bethesda respond Notch gets some measure of victory- he literally cant loose.

EDI2= writing this upside down is really really difficult.

Irridium:
Let the games... BEGIN!

If, of course, Bethesda has the stones for it.

I suggest Notch go on ("its) a rampage (Lana!") if not.

Nice. Notch has taken the publicity he got from being sued and is amping it up a.. well.. notch.

This works out great for him no matter which way it goes. He's given Bethesda a great way to convert their negative publicity for the suit to positive for both companies if they go for it. That'll probably put a lot of pressure on corporate to tell the lawyers to back off. Plus, this is odd enough news that it just might pick up some play in more mainstream publications, bringing knowledge of minecraft to even more people.

So even if the lawyers refuse, he's still in a better position than he was.

And if Bethesda agrees, then win or lose, he's just grabbed major publicity for "Scrolls" or whatever else he winds up calling it.

Traun:

Andy Chalk:

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

why would they ever accept this, whatever they do they would lose

option 1. play and lose -> they possibly lose business from the name being used
option 2. play and win -> keep name, "omg they bought better players, boycot !!!11" image dent
option 3. dont play -> tiney image dent, high change of getting name changed

You see this, judicial system? This is how it fucking works. Divorce case? Put them and their lawyers in a 2-on-2 match, amount of frags decides the amount each partner gets.

I think regardless of Bethesda's response, just this offer has already earned Notch 1000 internet wins.

So AWESOME! The whole thing is stupid anyway.

Bethesda had better watch out though, Mojang has a ringer....

image

Woodsey:

Irridium:
Let the games... BEGIN!

If, of course, Bethesda has the stones for it.

I suggest Notch go on ("its) a rampage (Lana!") if not.

Bethesda just stepped into the... dangerzone.

wouldnt it be funny if bethesda was just trolling? if in a month or so they drop the lawsuit and say 'you are welcome for the publicity' because honestly, i hadnt even heard of this scrolls game before the lawsuit

The lawsuit is stupid to begin with, thinking they would accept these terms is ridiculous at best. I'm not impressed with either party.

Publicity incoming.

I'm fairly certain that the developers behind Bethesda would be all for this, but the bean counters and lawyers will override them and force this to the court.

In which case Notch will just drop it anyway.

It's only a name. No real reason to go to court over that.

a ballsy move, which i appreciate, but the law student in me wants to smack notch upside the head for suggesting such a thing ha so yeah im a little torn on this

I want video,

Lt. Vinciti:

Traun:

Andy Chalk:

Well, Bethesda? What say you?

Considering that they are first class dicks, they'd probably go with it in court.

They = Lawyer Yes?

Sounds like how it should be...a gentlemans sport to see who wins...

No, I mean Bethesda. Look up their relationship with Interplay.

Here's the short story of it if you don't know.

1.Interplay is making a Fallout MMO.
2.Interplay is nearing bankruptcy.
3.Interplay sell the Fallout licence to Bethesda, the agreement is "We make Fallout MMO, you make Fallout games."
4.Bethesda makes Fallout 3.
5.Bethesda makes millions.
6.Bethesda goes full Kotick and sues Interplay to take away the rights for the MMO.
7.Court says no.
8.Bethesda know Interplay are standing on their last leg and is suing them again hoping to drain their resources in court battle.

This is how game developers should settle disputes. And I'm glad he wants to play an old game! They already have a strong case because no one can have a legal right to just one word without a context. Bethesda will lose in court. This way they actually stand a chance. If they decide to go with this, there has to be a live stream of the match!

This is also a good strategy to win over gamers everywhere. If Bethesda decides to go to court after this, gamers will hate them, and Mojang will get all the free publicity and love they deserve anyway.

jamiedf:
a ballsy move, which i appreciate, but the law student in me wants to smack notch upside the head for suggesting such a thing ha so yeah im a little torn on this

But it's perfect! It won't cost the court anything, it'll raise publicity, it'll ease tensions between studios, and it might become the new norm for game devs!

Kragg:
option 1. play and lose -> they possibly lose business from the name being used

I really doubt that they would. No-one refers to the elder scrolls games as 'scrolls.' This lawsuit is just kinda exploitative, they don't really think that people are going to mistake one game for the other.

I think Bethesda would do this. If they don't do it, bad image. If they do it, it looks good on them to settle it this way. Unless lawyers continue to be lawyers.

This is the best idea I've heard all day.

A lot of the devs would probably be all for it, but I doubt that the higher-ups will be very ecstatic about it.

Considering it's ZeniMax Studio's (I think that's their legal department) and not Bethesda themselves, I doubt they'll actually accept this challenge.

Would be awesome if Todd did accept this just out of respect for Notch, at least he seemed to during their interview and dropped their legal department.

Cue the porn industry queuing up to sue the makers of this new 'Deu Sex' game. Honestly, unless this 'Scrolls' games is an open world RPG in the style of Oblivion, let it go, it's just making you guys look like dicks. I understand there was some conflict over Fallout, but really, this isn't the same.

If they succeed, I really do hope every publisher in existence sues Bethesda for using 'The' in 'The Elder Scrolls' when someone else used it first and 'Miss! misssss! HE'S COPYING MEEEE!'

Irridium:

Woodsey:

Irridium:
Let the games... BEGIN!

If, of course, Bethesda has the stones for it.

I suggest Notch go on ("its) a rampage (Lana!") if not.

Bethesda just stepped into the... dangerzone.

Its just a shame he doesn't look much like Burt Reynolds.

King Toasty:

jamiedf:
a ballsy move, which i appreciate, but the law student in me wants to smack notch upside the head for suggesting such a thing ha so yeah im a little torn on this

But it's perfect! It won't cost the court anything, it'll raise publicity, it'll ease tensions between studios, and it might become the new norm for game devs!

but it also spits in the face of the legal process, if bethesda has raised this lawsuit, it causes problems for the courts who will suddenly get a letter saying "lawsuit dropped, we decided to settle things in the arena" its a legal issue, it should be settled within the legal system

Jim Grim:
No-one refers to the elder scrolls games as 'scrolls.' This lawsuit is just kinda exploitative, they don't really think that people are going to mistake one game for the other.

Same thing i thought, it'd be like i made a game called "the elder" about an old man shooing kids off his property and getting sued for it.

It only seems reasonable to me that bethesda accepts since from simple reason i don't really see how they could win the lawsuit. But then again, when has reason outweighed money when it comes to lawsuits? :V

Great idea if every lawsuit would end like this we would have a lot more fun instead of fighting it in the courts we fight on virtual battlefields instead! I just say Go Notch GO!

 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Registered for a free account here