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Bethesda breaks silence on Scrolls legal row

"Nobody here enjoys being forced into this," says marketing VP Pete Hines

Bethesda has issued its first public comments on the legal dispute between the firm and Minecraft developer Mojang over the Scrolls trademark.


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.

Mojang founder Markus 'Notch' Persson responded by saying he was ready to fight the "bogus claim" in court if necessary, although more recently he expressed surprise at the fact events seem headed to such a conclusion.

Persson claimed last week that he offered to relinquish the Scrolls trademark and alter the name of Mojang's game a little to appease Bethesda, but that the publisher refused and pressed ahead with legal proceedings.

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Bethesda has its own side of the story, of course. "This is a business matter based on how trademark law works and it will continue to be dealt with by lawyers who understand it, not by me or our developers," Bethesda VP of public relations and marketing Pete Hines told Kotaku.

"Mojang's public comments have not given a complete picture as it relates to their filings, our trademarks, or events that have taken place," he added. "Nobody here enjoys being forced into this. Hopefully it will all be resolved soon."

Persson also explained his reasons for offering to change the game's name.

"All our suggestions were tokens of good will. We wanted to end things in a friendly way where we met them half-way. I am a huge fan of Bethesda's work, and I'm looking forward to Skyrim more than I am any other game this year. Picking a fight with my idols seemed like a silly idea."

This one's going to run for a while yet.

[ SOURCE: Kotaku ]