It’s hard not to like, or at least respect a plucky indie outfit who managed to make a dinky tech demo into a mega-selling franchise before even reaching a development stage where QA wouldn’t even bother to turn up their noses on other games. It’s pretty hard not to like one of the few purveyors of quality hardcore RPGs left in the business either.
Which meant when Bethesda started threatening Minecraft creator Mojang with legal action over their new game “Scrolls”, it was extremely difficult to know which way our knees should jerk. It’s all in the early stages, but here’s what Mojang founder Notch had to say on the issue:
“I agree that the word ‘Scrolls’ is part of that trademark, but as a gamer, I have never ever considered that series of (very good) role playing games to be about scrolls in any way, nor was that ever the focal point of neither their marketing nor the public image.
“The implication that you could own the right to all individual words within a trademark is also a bit scary. We looked things up and realized they didn’t have much of a case, but we still took it seriously. Nothing about Scrolls is meant to in any way derive from or allude to their games. We suggested a compromise where we’d agree to never put any words in front of ‘Scrolls’, and instead call sequels and other things something along the lines of ‘Scrolls – The Banana Expansion’. I’m not sure if they ever got back to us with a reply to this.”