Minecraft creator challenges Bethesda to Quake 3

Bethesda‘s lawyers recently got in touch with Notch and his band of merry men at Mojang, explaining that the upcoming game Scrolls infringed upon a previously-held trademark.


An artist's impression of the developer

Since then, Notch has run around a bit, doing fun “real world” things like getting married (congratulations!) and working a bit more on the various assorted games Mojang currently has on its plate (including but not limited to Minecraft, of course!).

Now though, things are settling down a little bit, and the Swede has an offer for Bethesda, taking this potential David + Goliath battle into a digital space.

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 Mojang wins, then Bethesda will drop the impending lawsuit.

On the other hand, if Bethesda wins, Mojang will rename Scrolls to something the other company is “fine with”, and (presumably) doesn’t encroach on the Elder Scrolls branding.

[img_big]center,4601,2011-08-17/qu10.jpg,Quake 3[/img_big]

Of course, Bethesda is owned by ZeniMax Media, which also owns id Software, so “three of the best” could be a pretty impressive combination.

Regardless of the outcome, we could still have a small text somewhere saying our game is not related to your game series in any way, if you wish.

Notch would like to reassure any skeptics that he is serious about this, and has thrown down the digital gauntlet to the publisher. Time will tell whether or not the Skyrim developer will take up the challenge.

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