Thursday, 18 August 2011

Minecraft creator challenges Bethesda to Quake 3 match over lawsuit



Earlier this month news broke that Bethesda sent Markus “Notch” Persson (the creator behind the hit sensation - Minecraft) a cease and desist letter claiming that his new upcoming game Scrolls infringed on their trademark for Bethesda's long running series of games - The Elder Scrolls.

Notch has contested the lawsuit and has posted the below challenge to Bethesda on his Blog:

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.

Bethesda has not responsed as yet, but it's doubtful they will take it seriously enough to actually go through with it.

I must admit that even though it's unrealistic, I like Notch's approach to this and think it would be a great way to settle disputes out of court.

Or even better.....imagine all wars were fought online instead. A televised game of Call of Duty to decide border disputes maybe?
It will probably never happen, but one can only dream. 

If it ever does though, I'll be first in line to Enlist.


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