Bethesda is suing Team Mojang, the company behind Minecraft. This has been happening for what’s approaching a month now. The dispute is happening over one of the properties Mojang is currently working on (not Minecraft 1.8, relax!), Scrolls. Markus “Notch” Persson, Minecraft‘s creator, gave the background to the lawsuit in a post dedicated to the issue on The Word of Notch.
Basically, and this is a quick rundown, Bethesda wants Mojang to not use the word “Scrolls” in their game’s title. The connection Bethesda is making as the plaintiff here is that “Scrolls” is to close to “The Elder Scrolls,” a franchise Notch himself often proclaims love for. As Notch and Team Mojang feel, calling their game “Scrolls” is in no way a nod, swipe or dig at The Elder Scrolls. But Bethesda’s serious.
They’ve already paid for the Swedish courts and hired a firm in Sweden specifically to take Mojang to a hearing over the matter if the indie developer refuses to back off of Scrolls for their new game name.
Notch has come up with a possible way to settle this dispute. He’s actually challenged Bethesda to a game of Quake III to decide who should win out the right to use or refuse the use of “Scrolls.” Here’s Notch:
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 Bethesda wins, Team Mojang won’t use the world “Scrolls” in their title. If Team Mojang wins, Bethesda will drop their lawsuit.
In the closing of his challenge, Notch added that he was serious. That’s where I swooned. Will this happen? Probably not. Should it happen? Well, to be honest, I think it’s absurd that Bethesda’s even challenging Mojang over the title.
But, man oh man, we absolutely want this battle to go down.
[via The Word of Notch]