Bethesda Takes Legal Action Against Minecraft Studio

Bethesda Takes Legal Action Against Minecraft Studio


A few months ago, we heard about an upcoming Collectable Card Game from the makers of Minecraft. The game, called “Scrolls,” aimed to fix several of the balance and gameplay problems that are prevalent throughout the CCG genre.

Well, Apparently Bethesda doesn’t like it when other developers make games.

Notch is the founder of Mojang, the studio behind both Minecraft and Scrolls. He sent out a disturbing Tweet this morning: “Just got a letter from Bethesta’s lawyers. They claim ‘Scrolls’ infringes on their trademark and everyone will confuse it with Skyrim.”

Bethesda is probably crabby because Notch’s team has titled their project “Scrolls,” which shares a single word with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, the similarities pretty much stop there. Skyrim is an RPG that exists in the same world as Oblivion. Scrolls is a CCG.

So, I can only assume that Bethesda just doesn’t want other people making money. I wonder how many words in the English language “Bethesta” will be able to copyright before no other developers can produce a game.

EDIT: Notch doesn’t seem too upset. Shortly after his first Tweet, he posted this follow-up: “I still <3 Bethesda. This is hopefully just lawyers being lawyers.”

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