Notch – Zenimax was adamant and told us to stop using the word ‘Scrolls’

Posted By | On 07th, Oct. 2011 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

Mojang-Zenimax saga has reached the court now. What seems to be a simple problem has escalated into much more. Who would have believed that the word ‘Scrolls’ will cause so much troubles to Mojang.

Notch, co-founder of Mojang, reveals how he tried to negotiate with Zenimax and his efforts were futile.

“Our lawyers said to Zenimax that we didn’t agree there was an infringement, but that we’d be willing to find a solution,” he said.

“We offered several different solutions, like us not getting the trademark, and us not using the word ‘Scrolls’ in its raw form, but as part of a longer title. ZeniMax repeatedly refused, demanding we stop using the word ‘Scrolls’.”

It seems he really had an uphill task convincing Zenimax lawyers. Bethesda VP, Pete Hines chimed in as well and revealed his side of the story.

“This is a business matter based on how trademark law works and it will continue to be dealt with by lawyers who understand it, not by me or our developers,” he said.

“Nobody here enjoys being forced into this. Hopefully it will all be resolved soon.”

We hope the Mojang-Zenimax issue is resolved soon as well. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Thanks, Kotaku/Eurogamer.


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  • I hope Bethesda’s lawyers get raked over the coals in court for trying to impose this on a word in the english dictionary. It’d be different if Notch and team were making “The Elder Scrolls – Super Blok world”, but calling a game “Scrolls” shouldn’t be infringement. What’s next? Is Sony going to sue Epic for the use of the word “War” because God of War was around before “Gears of War”???


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