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Minecraft Creator: Let's Settle Scrolls Dispute in Quake

By - Source: The World of Notch | B 52 comments

Why take a silly patent infringement dispute to court when you can settle the matter in a virtual arena of death?

Two weeks ago, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson and his studio Mojang received a 15-page letter from Bethesda's lawyers stating that the name of his upcoming game "Scrolls" infringes upon Bethesda's own "The Elder Scrolls" trademark, and could possibly stir up some confusion when the fifth Elder Scrolls installment launches in November.

"Today, I got a 15 page letter from some Swedish lawyer firm, saying they demand us to stop using the name Scrolls, that they will sue us (and have already paid the fee to the Swedish court), and that they demand a pile of money up front before the legal process has even started," Persson said in his blog on August 5.

Since then, little else has been said about the "Scrolls" lawsuit until today. In a blog posted just hours ago, Persson came up with a way to resolve the alleged patent infringement dispute outside the legal system: a virtual duel. While at first this method sounds like a joke and even pulls up images of old Tom & Jerry cartoons (or something similar), Persson claims that this offer is definitely nothing to laugh at.

"Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie?" he writes. "Well, let’s do that instead! I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3 [Arena]. 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."

Not a bad offer given that it's (assumably) cheap for both parties involved and quality entertainment for the fans. So what's the prize when one team emerges from the battle victorious?

"If we win, you drop the lawsuit," he suggests. "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."

It sounds like a good plan, but given that it's a dog-eat-dog market saturated with frivolous patent infringement lawsuits as it is, it's highly unlikely Bethesda will bite on this unique peace offering.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 17, 2011 7:14 PM
    This is COOL! Do it! WAY better than stupid lawsuits! Settle it like warriors :) 
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    house70 , August 17, 2011 7:11 PM
    The lawyer's chorus:

    pleeease don't take it!!!!
  • 28 Hide
    Anonymous , August 17, 2011 7:15 PM
    This should happen more often :D 
    Imagine one of them rage quiting
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  • 28 Hide
    house70 , August 17, 2011 7:11 PM
    The lawyer's chorus:

    pleeease don't take it!!!!
  • 32 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , August 17, 2011 7:14 PM
    This is COOL! Do it! WAY better than stupid lawsuits! Settle it like warriors :) 
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    CaedenV , August 17, 2011 7:15 PM
    They will never go for it, but I love the challenge all the same!
  • 28 Hide
    Anonymous , August 17, 2011 7:15 PM
    This should happen more often :D 
    Imagine one of them rage quiting
  • 24 Hide
    Cache , August 17, 2011 7:18 PM
    The gaming industry has nothing to do with games.
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    Darkerson , August 17, 2011 7:22 PM
    Notch really cracks me up sometimes. :lol:  I can only imagine the stick in the mud response that Bethesda is going to have about this, if they even bother responding at all... :sarcastic: 

    On a side note, Toms, can you guys fix the forums? I tried up-voting a couple people, only to be told "I already voted" :non:  :pfff: 
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    stm1185 , August 17, 2011 7:37 PM
    Bethesda should do it; what with them pretty much taking over Quakecon this year I am sure they could rustle up some ringers from their Quake Live tournament to win it for them.
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    leo2kp , August 17, 2011 7:39 PM
    Bethesda should really consider this. It's good PR :) 
  • 16 Hide
    phishy714 , August 17, 2011 7:47 PM
    BUT GUYS!!!!!

    How are the lawyers going to get their big bonus checks if they duel it out in Quake?

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    AbdullahG , August 17, 2011 7:50 PM
    Why can't all matters be settled like this :(  Like war for example...
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    dstigue , August 17, 2011 7:53 PM
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    omg lol. What is it with the presumption that any gamer is proficient at Q3A?


    Q3A was the top game when most of us the age to be developers were kids. Everyone played it. That's why it's picked. This is the way wars should be fought as well. Crank up some BF1942.. Take it old school...
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    mobrocket , August 17, 2011 8:00 PM
    But how are the lawyers going to feed their families... that ferrari doesnt buy itself
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    joebob2000 , August 17, 2011 8:00 PM
    dstigueQ3A was the top game when most of us the age to be developers were kids. Everyone played it. That's why it's picked. This is the way wars should be fought as well. Crank up some BF1942.. Take it old school...

    LOL whippersnappers. If its not Q1 dm shotguns-only its not a challenge...
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    kire , August 17, 2011 8:01 PM
    dstigueCrank up some BF1942.. Take it old school...



    Old school? Try Goldeneye 007 on the N64! FTW
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    jecastej , August 17, 2011 8:04 PM
    I still LOVE Quake, well Quake Live. Yes, settle the dispute using gaming warrior tools, like real game developers!!!

    Nop, it's not going to happen, but kudos to Minecraft for trying. And more Kudos to Bethesda if they accept the challenge.
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    moonshire , August 17, 2011 8:11 PM
    Use Bad company 2 man. That would be more epic. 15 of our employees vs 15 of yours!
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    spookyman , August 17, 2011 8:17 PM
    Why not do play head to head Doom style?
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    lukeiamyourfather , August 17, 2011 8:20 PM
    dstigueQ3A was the top game when most of us the age to be developers were kids. Everyone played it. That's why it's picked. This is the way wars should be fought as well. Crank up some BF1942.. Take it old school...


    What? Battlefield 1942 came out three years later. Quake 3 Arena is the old school.
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    dokidoki , August 17, 2011 8:31 PM
    Taking a page from Uwe Boll, are we..?
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