Tolkien's Estate Very Unhappy About Lord Of The Rings Video Games

A lawsuit that began with spam emails and an investigation into slot machines has turned its great all-seeing eye to the world of video games, with Tolkien's estate claiming that some of Warner Bros' recent titles violate the company's licensing agreement.

Arguing that the licenses for merchandise granted to companies like Warner, New Line and Saul Zaentz Co. only cover tangible products ("figurines, tableware, stationery items, clothing and the like"), Warner's "downloadable video games available only on mobile devices or tablets or Facebook" are part of an $US80 million suit brought forward by Tolkien's estate, who claim that the three companies listed have "with increasing boldness, engaged in a continuing and escalating pattern of usurping rights to which they are not entitled".

The suit began when one of the estate's lawyers was sent a spam email in 2010 for an online gambling game bearing the Lord of the Rings licence.

Tolkien Estate Sues Warner Bros. Over 'Lord of the Rings' Slot Machines (Exclusive) [THR]


    Could be good news for the LotR Skyrim mod

    Man, Tolkien's estate is never happy.

    Didn't they have a problem with Tom Bombadil not being in Fellowship?

    Also, aren't there LOTR pokies? I swear I saw them in Vegas along side the Jaws & Indiana Jones ones.

      The pokies were the original problem. That's what set this whole chain of events off.

    they're just crabby they're not as successful as their ancestor.


    Considering that there has been, maybe, one good-ish LotR game, I think Tolkien's estate has every right to complain about perhaps the greatest trilogy/quad/whatever being absolutely bastardized by a bunch of corporate idiots who wouldn't know Legolas from Gimli. And turning LotR into a effing pokie? Give us a break.... Has there ever been a good LotR game?

      Well, there's the Third Age mod for Medieval 2: Total War, and even though it's just a mod it is really good.

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