Thursday, 15 March 2012

Scrolls Lawsuit Finally Over

The suit over the simple word is finally over.

With some of the recent controversy going on I'm happy to say that at least one major piece of game industry drama -- that is the legal kerfuffle between Mojang and Zenimax (parent company of Bethesda) over the use of the word "Scrolls" for a game -- is finally at an end. On Monday the lawsuit was settled and Mojang does get to use the word scrolls for his game ... er, Scrolls which is now free to proceed ahead as previously planned.

Most of the problems arose when Mojang trademarked Scrolls for use with the game, which caused Zenimax to take up legal arms in order to defend their already existing Elder Scrolls franchise. The reasoning behind the suit seems to be that if Zenimax didn't move against usage of the term now then they'd set a precedent wherein they couldn't move against any company that would seek to use the term in the future, including the less scrupulous ones that would seek to rip-off the franchise wholesale. The reasoning admittedly didn't sit well with gamers that saw the suit as a frivolous one that seemed to be Zenimax throwing its weight around more than anything else.

Certainly it's not a clear cut matter, but at least now it's over to the mutual satisfaction of all involved. As the post from Mojang's site states:

"Dear members of the internet,
We have settled the lawsuit over Scrolls and Mojang and Bethesda are friends again.
To answer the big question – yes Scrolls is still going to be called Scrolls.
To answer the second question – we aren’t going to keep the trade mark.
For us this was never about a trade mark but being able to use Scrolls as the name of our game which we can – Yey."

The fact that Mojang isn't keeping the trademark might have been part of the settlement or simply a show of good faith on their part, but I think that most people are just relieved that this somewhat asinine exercise is finally over.

As for Scrolls itself, the website touts that it would be an innovative fusion of collectible card games and board gaming. Since it's coming from some of the same minds as Minecraft there's a lot to look forward to, and anyone is free to sign up for the alpha, which is set to take place sometime in the future.

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