Earlier this month, word dropped over developer Bethesda throwing around threats of a lawsuit against the creator of Minecraft, Notch, regarding a new project his studio, Mojang, has been working on. Bethesda’s claim was that their title, Scrolls, would cause a trademark conflict with their own game, The Elder Scrolls, a claim that Notch hoped was just “lawyers being lawyers.”
Fast forward to today, where Notch has come up with a pretty brilliant idea to settle the matter, that doesn’t involving standing in a courtroom: A Quake 3 deathmatch.
Posting in his blog, Notch threw the challenge straight to the Elder Scrolls developer, saying “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.”
The rewards for winning the competition are simple. Should Notch’s team win, then Bethesda is required to drop the lawsuit and let them go about their merry way. If Bethesda wins, then the Scrolls game will be renamed to something they’ll agree on.
Seriously, we need disputes to be settled like this more often. Imagine how much Congress could actually get done if we had the Republicans and Democrats go against each other in Counter Strike to settle their arguments, instead of just yelling at each other all day.
So far, Bethesda has yet to reply to the challenge, but we’ll let you know when we hear of a response.