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access_time August 19, 2011 at 9:05 AM in Culture by AJ Dellinger

Minecraft’s Notch Not Backing Down

While Bethesda is still yet to respond to Minecraft developer Notch’s challenge to a Quake 3 match, Notch is back out on the offensive in regards to the lawsuit against his company. Bethesda is pursuing legal action against Mojang over the title of their upcoming game, Scrolls, which Bethesda believes to be in violation of their trademark on Elder Scrolls.

After admitting that the Quake 3 challenge may have been a bad idea in retrospect, especially considering that Quake creators id are owned by the same parent company and Bethesda, Notch refuses to back down if it comes to a courtroom version of deathmatch. “If we’re going to court, I will fight this for as long as it takes. It’s a bogus claim, and [Bethesda has] several one-word-named games that share a noun with other games that precede [them],” he said in an interview with Wired.

There is little about the lawsuit that doesn’t seem ridiculous to outside sources, and the action seems a little pretentious on the part of Bethesda as the lawsuit is based on the idea that consumers immediately think “Elder Scrolls” when the hear the term “Scrolls.” I immediately think of decrees from medieval  times, but maybe I’m an old soul.



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