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Notch challenges Bethesda legal threat... with a game of Quake

Minecraft creator is serious

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson has challenged Bethesda's legal threat against the name of his Scrolls game - in an unlikely way.

The Mojang founder was sent a letter by Bethesda's lawyers earlier this month, claiming that "Scrolls" infringed on their Elder Scrolls trademark.

Scrolls, a fantasy strategy game that built on mechanics similar to collectible card games, is being created by Notch's Mojang Specifications studio.

Notch wrote on his blog today that to settle the Bethesda case, he'd be happy to square off via a game of Quake 3. (The publisher may have a slight advantage, of course - owning id and all...). He said:


Hey, Bethesda! Let's settle this!

I am back, and I am excited.

Marriage has been wonderful so far, and nobody sabotaged my computer while I was gone.

The only negative thing going on at this moment is the Scrolls trademark lawsuit nonsense, and I think I came up with the perfect solution:

Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? Well, let's do that instead!
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.

If we win, you drop the lawsuit.

If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you're fine with.

Regardless of the outcome, we could still have a small text somewhere saying our game is not related to your game series in any way, if you wish.

I am serious, by the way.