It's like Langley (douchebag) and his "Edge" trademark.
So now Notch wants to challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3 to resolve the dispute! Funny.
Fresh off his honeymoon, the Swedish game maker put up a post
on his personal blog explaining how good he feels about everything in
his life—save, of course, the Bethesda dispute. But his time off has
given him a fresh perspective, and he thinks he may have come up
suitable solution: A fight to the death to decide who takes ownership of
the contested word. Well, lots of deaths, really. And all of them
virtual. Mr. Persson wants to pit three members of his team against
three members of Bethesda’s team in a series of Quake 3 Arena deathmatches that will settle the spat once and for all.
Writes Mr. Persson: “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.”
What an absolutely marvelous idea. It will save both companies plenty in
legal fees, likely reduce the risk of either harbouring ill will toward
the other moving forward, and, most importantly, it will act as
terrific publicity. Indeed, some 17,000 people liked his post on
Facebook in the first 12 hours after it went up.
Of course, the corporate attorneys of the world have to hope this
doesn’t happen. Imagine the precedent it would set. What if Samsung
suddenly suggested to Apple that the two tech giants settle their legal
differences with Angry Birds tournaments? No more need to
lawyer up. In fact, they could turn the matches into full on spectacles,
making money off of investors who would pay dearly to have seats at the
games, buying and selling shares with each flung fowl.
Silly digressions aside, I’ve no idea the likelihood of Bethesda
actually accepting the challenge. But I hope the company’s executives
are at least considering it. Is what they would lose in allowing another
developer to call its game “Scrolls” worth more than what they would
gain in publicity and gamers’ good will by accepting Mr. Persson’s dare?
This is a unique situation in which a wacky resolution like this might
just work; a rare opportunity to turn a potentially nasty legal battle
into a win/win for all involved.
Ball is in your court now Bethesda!
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