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GSC Denies S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Franchise Sale

Well, this isn't much of a surprise. GSC Game World has to step in and clarify that they still own the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, even though studio bitComposer claims to have recently purchased the rights to the popular video game license.

Here's what GSC sales and marketing rep Eugene Kuchma had to say on the matter:

"In view of the rumors appearing in press, we find it necessary to inform that GSC Game World and Sergey Grigorovich [GSC CEO] remain to be the sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and the brand overall, including all the trademarks, the game universe, the technology etc. This can be easily verified with the trademark services online.

"From time to time news on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand purchase by this or that company appear over the Internet. We relate such a keen interest in the brand to its exceptional popularity. Even the purchase of rights to create a "Roadside picnic" book-based game by a small publisher is presented as the continuation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Franchise We have doubts regarding the mentioned product by BitComposer (the publisher of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in some territories), since the latter has significant debts in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the existing contract between our companies.]

News via Gamasutra.


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IcedEarth Dec 13 2012, 03:27 pm EST
In other news, I have personally purchased the WarCraft license from Blizzard.
lej Dec 13 2012, 09:40 pm EST
how about they rename their project to s.t.a.l.k.3.r and every1 would be happy? :P
jungi Dec 13 2012, 11:36 pm EST
so what all the business sounding press release at the bottom of the page is just complete bullshit?
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