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Friday, 19 August 2011 09:19

Minecraft owner starts to regret Quake III challenge

Written by Nick Farell

Markus “Notch” Persson thinks he made a strategic error
A day after challenging Bethesda Softworks to settle a legal dispute by playing Quake III, Minecraft's owner thinks he might have made a strategic miscalculation.

Notch Persson twigged, after he made his challenge, that Bethesda might actually give his outfit a good kicking. Bethesda sued the title of his upcoming game Scrolls.

However Persson realised that if it came to a Quake III tournament, Minecraft just might have to change the name. Bethesda owns the Quake brand and has several professional Quake players on its payroll. When picking the game, Quake III might have been a poor choice.

Persson says he has not heard back from Bethesda yet, he thinks a stunt like this could be a great way for the Fallout publisher to save face.

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-2 #1 Jigar 2011-08-19 10:07
Bad move Scherbatsky /Barney Stinson
+4 #2 Boomstick777 2011-08-19 11:02
Bethesda sueing over using the name Scrolls seems very petty. Just another case of the BIG guy picking on the SMALL guy. Minecraft's creator could do with a break.

Does this mean you can never use part of the same name in any game in the future? Totally rediculous, shame on you Bethesda!
+4 #3 NickThePrick 2011-08-19 11:31
Ridiculous by Bethesda to sue over "scrolls"
After all that's a word from the dictionary and not something Bethesda thought up. So I don't see any legal ground there to claim intellectual property.

However its nice to see that they are gamers enough to settle this in a tournament. But yea, bad choice of game. Not to mention these pro players are also the developers. How easy must it be for them to make an aimbot ?
-1 #4 Zone 2011-08-22 08:24
I area with Bethesda honestly,
The word scrolls in gaming is synonym for their Elder Scrolls series.

Weird enough is that Ubisoft has not made a problem yet about the fact that RE:Revelations is coming out (seeing as they are coming with AC:Revelations)

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