Aug 17, 2011

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Minecraft Creator Challenges Bethesda to Quake Match to Settle Lawsuit

Minecraft Creator Challenges Bethesda to Quake Match to Settle Lawsuit

Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of the immensely popular PC game Minecraft, has challenged Bethesda Softworks over the impending lawsuit they’ve brought against him. More specifically, Notch has challenged Bethesda to a Quake team deathmatch to settle the lawsuit instead of settling it in court.

Two weeks ago, news broke that a Swedish law firm had contacted Notch on behalf of Bethesda claiming that Notch’s trademark of “Scrolls” violates the trademark of “The Elder Scrolls” already held by the developer. The firm’s 15-page letter to Notch threatened immediate legal action if the title of Notch’s next game wasn’t changed. Though initially dismissive toward the controversy, Notch posted an interesting idea on his personal blog today:

Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? 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, 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. I am serious, by the way.

As you can see, Notch’s approach to the situation is a refreshing one. Unfortunately, Bethesda has yet to accept or deny this challenge. Notch had previously indicated he does not believe Bethesda to be the enemy here, saying, “I love Bethesda. I assume this nonsense is partly just their lawyers being lawyers, and a result of trademark law being the way it is”. Scrolls is the upcoming card game by Notch’s company Mojang and the reason for the trademark in question.

My guess is that Notch and his comrades at Mojang have the Quake III skills to back it up but what about the Skyrim developer? Post your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for any updates on this lawsuit or deathmatch challenge.

[Source: The World of Notch]