Bethesda Settles Lawsuit With Mojang, Whose Next Game Can Be Called Scrolls

Bethesda Settles Lawsuit With Mojang, Whose Next Game Can Be Called Scrolls

Over Twitter, Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson said his company and Bethesda Softworks reached a settlement in their trademark dispute over Scrolls, the name Mojang has chosen for its next game.

“The settlement is that we give them the trademark, get to keep the name, and won’t make an Elder Scrolls competitor using the name,” Persson tweeted.

Answering a question, Persson said Mojang did not have to pay “damages”. It’s unclear if any money changed hands for other purposes, although Persson said both sides’ lawyers almost certainly made a lot of money.

I’ve emailed Bethesda to ask for confirmation of the terms and a comment on the deal. Any statement they make will go here.


    • Seriously?

      Hardly sounds like they “Won” as well – in fact they shouldn’t have been suing in the first place.

      If anything, the team at scrolls “won”, being able to keep their name in addition to (presumably) not having to pay out bethesda.

      Simply calling a game “scrolls” doesn’t make the game a rip off in any way, shape or form. Especially when they aren’t even in the same genre.
      It’s like call of duty suing call of combat because they are both war games with “call of” at the front.

      And don’t say “as it should be” when you clearly have no idea as to the reasoning of calling the game “Scrolls” in the first place.
      I mean, seriously, The Elder Scrolls, as magnificent of a game as it is, doesn’t even mention the actual scrolls all that often anyway!

      • Good points. But see below: all this started because NOTCH wanted to trademark the word in all uses, ever, on all media.

        So, yes, it is good Beth won and stopped Notch being able to trademark a word he has no rights to.

        • I think he was just trying to trademark it as a formality, like with minecraft.

          Didn’t he offer to remove the application for trademark as soon as bethesda threatened to sue, but bethesda continued anyway?

          • And also, there are much sillier thinks to trademark like coke and cadbury trademarking red and purple respectively.

            I just don’t think the first reaction of companies should be “HEY LETS SUE!”

          • Unfortunately, they’re in a legal situation of needing to strongly protect their apparent TM. The fact that Notch came so close to having it awarded to him before he was sued (in reality it was suing for the prevention of loss of TM control) means they needed to prevent it happe

    • Beth make a range of games: Elder Scrolls.
      Years later, Notch makes Scrolls.
      NOTCH then attempts to trademark the word Scrolls in all forms of media possible.
      Beth say “uhm, no. Noone should have the trademark. Also, if your excessive claim goes through, our entire game/book/potential movie gig for Elder Scrolls is in danger.”
      Notch: Let’s play Quake for it lol. Hey internet stent I cool?

      The problem here started with Notch trying to TM the word. Not Beth. They were simply protecting their IP.

      • The end result here is Beth won, said they don’t care if he uses the name Scrolls, but he can’t make an Elder Scrolls-like with that name.

        That’s maturity right there

  • Does this mean I can make a game called “Game”, trademark it, and then have every developer/publisher pay me for the rights?

    Whole lot of stupid TBH…

    • You could try, but the “GAME” franchise may have issues with it depending on what they’ve trademarked. You’d be safer to try trademarking “Edge”.

  • “We realized we should apply for the trademark “Minecraft” to protect our brand. When doing so, we also sent in an application for “Scrolls”. When Bethesda contacted us, we offered both to change the name to “Scrolls: ” and to give up the trademark.

    They refused on both counts.”

    If I read that right, they offered to give up the trademark to begin with, so I think it’s unfair to say Mojang were being silly.

    • Yeah, Bethesda had initially a legitimate claim but then got greedy. It’s almost as though as a company sent a C&D to someone infringing copyright and after getting the answer “sure, I stop now; I’m really sorry” they still pressed charges.

      There’s little doubt they saw a chance to make money out of the mishap not to mention potentially crippling what could become a competitor in the future.

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