Bethesda and Minecraft maker Mojang are headed to court to settle a trademark dispute over the term Scrolls, but it didn't have to be that way, according to Markus 'Notch' Persson, creator of the indie world-building hit.
In August, Mojang received a letter from Bethesda objecting to the Swedish studio's upcoming digital card game Scrolls. It claimed the term infringed upon its The Elder Scrolls trademark, that it would confuse players, and threatened legal action if it wasn't changed.
In response, Mojang founder Markus 'Notch' Persson challenged Bethesda to a game of Quake to settle the dispute, before stating: "If we're going to court, I will fight this for as long as it takes. It's a bogus claim."
However, Persson has now taken to his blog to "clarify" a few points. He claims he initially offered to give up the Scrolls trademark and alter the name of Mojang's game a little to appease Bethesda, but that the company refused his suggestions and pressed ahead with a legal case.
"We realised we should apply for the trademark 'Minecraft' to protect our brand," he explained. "When doing so, we also sent in an application for 'Scrolls'. When Bethesda contacted us, we offered both to change the name to "Scrolls: [some subtitle]" and to give up the trademark.
They refused on both counts. Whatever reason they have for suing us, it's not a fear of us having a trademark on the word 'Scrolls', as we've offered to give that up."