Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Notch Challenges Bethesda to Battle

Earlier this month, Minecraft creator Markuss Persson stated on his blog that Bethesda were suing him over the game "Scrolls" saying it clashes with their trademark for "The Elder Scrolls". It seems Notch wasn't taking it at all personally and felt it was just Lawyers on auto-pilot, with a statement that warned them of acting like renowned trademark troll Tim Langdell.

"I assume this is all some more or less automated response to us applying for the trademark. I sincerely hope Bethesda isn’t pulling a Tim Langdell."

Well it seems now that Bethesda are not backing down, or Notch has gone a little crazy having just come back from his honeymoon. This morning, he posted on his blog, an unusual challenge to Bethesda.

"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."

Rather than throw his Lawyers against theirs, it seems he'd rather have fun with this, and you can't really blame him.

It seems that the best outcome that could come out of this is a glorious livestream of these two ultimate teams battling it out on an old classic. Bethesda could actually work this into marketing, their parent company Zenimax owns iD software, creators of quake. It could work into some sort of promotion for Rage if they get John Carmack and a couple of other iD veterans to fight over this. It could end up being incredibly entertaining and would benefit both parties.

Though the reality is that this will probably never happen, I doubt that the heads at Bethesda even knew that they were suing Notch over this until recently. I'm willing to bet that we'll just see an out of court settlement where someone will give someone else some money but none of that will be public.

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