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Mojang, Bethesda are going to court over similarly named games

Game developers Mojang and Bethesda are going to court over two similarly named games: Mojang’s “Scrolls” and Bethesda’s next addition to its Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim.

According to a report from Develop,Mojang received a cease-and-desist letter from Bethesda last month. Mojang, best known for its hit “Minecraft,”disagrees with Bethesda’s claim that consumers will confuse the two titles.

Things became a bit heated today, when Mojang developer Markus Persson, aka Notch, tweeted a link to a 1992 Washington Post article about a court case involving Robert Altman, chief executive of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax. Altman was acquitted.

Notch quickly deleted the tweet, but not before it was seen by more than 396,000 users who follow him on Twitter. He later apologized, saying the action was in poor taste.

That was in poor taste. I’m sorry!Tue Sep 27 15:32:29 via webMarkus Persson

Mojang’s business developer confirmed that the case is going to court in an interview with Gamasutra.

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