“Notch,” otherwise known as Minecraft creator Markus Presson, has apparently returned from a vacation ready to fight. On his personal blog he outwardly challenged Bethesda to a duel in Quake 3 to settle their lawsuit against Notch’s company Mojang.
The lawsuit came last month when Bethesda insisted that Mojang’s new game, Scrolls, infringed upon their trademark of Elder Scrolls. Perhaps they fear that the younger, newer scrolls will prove more powerful than the elder ones. Rather than go through the legal processes and fees that would be sure to follow, Notch decided to settle things the way they used to in the old West: Quake 3 deathmatch.
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.
Notch has removed his glove and slapped Bethesda to initiate the duel. The ball is in their court now. We’re pretty sure they don’t have a trademark on the word “duel” so legal response is unlikely, but they are owned by the same parent company of creators of Quake, id. Things could get interesting.