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Minecraft Creator Challenges Bethesda to a... Quake Match

On this fine day, we've discovered that the ever-popular game Minecraft (still in pre-release form) has reached a user base of 10 million. Not only that, but it sold 3 million copies worldwide and it's not even a complete game. That's impressive shit, you have to admit. Naturally, with so much success, some nasty lawyer must be around, hoping to get something out of it - maybe through a pointless lawsuit of some sort? Well, you guessed it. We even saw that one happening. A few weeks ago, a Swedish law firm which represents Bethesda has started legal proceedings against the Minecraft developer, disputing the studio's new project, or rather, it's name -- Scrolls.

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, came up, what he thinks might be the solution to this dispute. Here's Notch's response in full (take from a post which he made on his blog today):

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.

Cool idea. Doubt they'll say 'yes' but it's a cool idea nonetheless.



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GrgoljBlaster Aug 17 2011, 02:31 pm EDT
World would be a better place if all of the disputes were ended over Quake 3 matches
Vader [STAFF] Aug 17 2011, 02:36 pm EDT
Nah, it's better this way. Real macho wars, plenty of death and fat, hairy men with nukes waving their dicks around.
Sujet Aug 17 2011, 03:34 pm EDT
Thanks for that mental image, i'll have nightmares for months.
antonphd Aug 17 2011, 09:26 pm EDT
come on Bethesda, don't be pussies!
DungeonRaider Aug 17 2011, 10:08 pm EDT
Bethesda don't seem to want them to stop using the name, they just don't want them to trademark it. But how much trouble would it be to change the name to avoid the difficulties.... of course, that wouldn't get as much publicity as "the little guy being picked on by the mean company".....

Tomes?
Scripts?
Vader [STAFF] Aug 18 2011, 12:20 am EDT
Dungeons? Oh wait, forget Dungeons.
xXSheperdXx Aug 18 2011, 01:00 am EDT
Challenge them to a DotA match not Quake dude !
Vader [STAFF] Aug 18 2011, 01:22 am EDT
No, how about this - who makes a better single-player only RPG first? The company that accidentally makes an MMOG instead, loses instantly. How's that sound?
  xXSheperdXx: Sounds cool
tomekkk1: brilliant!:)
barasawa: I'll drink to that!
MajFauxPas Aug 18 2011, 11:09 am EDT
At some point we need to remember that Bethesda can fire their lawyers any time they want. In fact, Bethesda probably requested the lawsuit. I think there's too much blame on the lawyers, in other words.
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