Mojang studios founder and Minecraft
creator Markus "Notch" Persson has suggested a novel method for settling a recent trademark dispute brought by Bethesda
: a Quake III
Calling the lawsuit "the only negative thing going on [in my life] at this moment," Persson suggested Bethesda and Mojang both send three players to participate in 20 minute team deathmatches played across two levels, one picked by each side.
Under the proposed scenario, if Mojang wins, Bethesda would drop its lawsuit alleging that Mojang's upcoming Scrolls
conflicts with Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls
trademark. If Bethesda wins, however, Mojang would have to change the name of Scrolls
"to something you’re fine with."
"I am serious, by the way," Persson added by way of coda.
The lighthearted offer touches on the serious and increasingly common issue of costly patent and trademark cases impacting game and software developers.
maker Lima Sky recently tried to use its trademark to have competing games with "Doodle" in the name removed from the iTunes marketplace
In a similar conflict, Blizzard and Valve are currently embroiled in dueling claims
over the trademark rights to the term "Dota."
And developer Tim Langdell has, until recently
, used his claim to the Edge Games trademark to try to halt development or draw royalties from companies ranging from Mobigame
to Electronic Arts
Earlier today, Microsoft announced Double Fine's Trenched would be renamed Iron Brigade
to avoid trademark conflicts with a Portuguese board game.