Mojang and Bethesda reach an agreement over use of Scrolls

Saturday, 10th March 2012 18:20 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Markus “Notch” Persson has taken to Twitter to announce Mojang and ZeniMax, have reached an agreement over the use of the title Scrolls.

“The settlement is that we give them the trademark, get to keep the name, and won’t make an elder scrolls competitor using the name,” read the tweet.

Notch further stated “damages” weren’t needed to be paid and comically added that: “The actual document I signed was like a billion pages, so at least we know a bunch of lawyers got rich. Good, wouldn’t want them to starve.”

Back in October, Mojang was handed an interim injunction from the courts in order to keep using the Scrolls title until all was settled, following a legal dispute over the summer after the firm received a letter from ZeniMax lawyers claiming the public might eventually confuse the game with a title from The Elder Scrolls series.

At the time, Notch chalked the letter up to “lawyers being lawyers.”

During September, it was announced the issue would go to court despite Notch offering to give up the Scrolls trademark and change the name -a move ZeniMax refused.

Seems all squabbling is over now, though.

Mojang’s aiming for a multiplatform release with the card-trading battle game, but it’s confirmed only for the PC so far.

The game is being built on the Unity engine, which supports Android, Flash, iOS, PC, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.

Scrolls is expected in 2012 and will have some free-to-play features.



  1. DSB

    Sometimes I wonder where Notch stores all his anger.

    I bet he has a little shrine made of diamonds or obsidian that’s just rattling around waiting to blow up.

    Honestly, that guy is too fucking nice :P

    If something like that happened to me I’d make a statement in which every third word was “cunt” or “fucking”.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Giskard

    So Bethesda managed to get him to give up the name SCROLLS? What’s next? Blizzard will sue people for using the word WAR or STAR in titles? Not to mention any game with a CRAFTing system is out the window.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight



    “The settlement is that we give them the trademark, get to keep the name, and won’t make an elder scrolls competitor using the name,” read the tweet.

    It just saying that Notch or Mojang will not create a game similar to that of TES with the name scrolls.

    #3 3 years ago

    @3: @2 has the point, dude. “Scrolls” is just a normal name, how could Bethesda so sensitive about this? So now i create a website which name “VG245″ (because i choose to work 5 days per week, so my site will go live 5 days per week) and VG247 will sue me? Or i create a game name “Resident Evil Avatars” and Capcom will sue me?

    Who do they (Bethesda) think they are?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4 its how the the litigation system works especially with IPs you have to defend it in all aspects otherwise you get something similar to squatting. This was exactly how it was going to go down.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Freek

    Yup, this is how trademark law works. The price of doing buisiness. Mojang gets to make thier game under the name they want, Bethesda isn’t going to loose it’s trademark and some lawyers got paid.
    Don’t hate the player, hate the game, unless you’re lawyer, then you love the game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Giskard

    @3/5: They get to keep the name, but not the trademark. That seems like a loss to me.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    Yup, 20 years ago they would’ve been ordered to pay expenses for making such a boneheaded lawsuit.

    That’s the problem with letting corporate run the capital.

    #8 3 years ago

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