Trail by battle!

Westeros – Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the popular indie game Minecraft has received a letter from a Swedish law firm representing Bethesda Softworks. Their beef? Perssons’ next game has ‘Scrolls’ in the title, and Bethesda claims to hold the word as a trademark, since they have the ‘Elder Scrolls’ series of roleplaying games.

Markus wants to settle this the honourable way: By doing a Trial By Battle! On his blog he invited Bethesda to a game of Quake 3, hoping to take Bethesda down a Notch. The winner gets to keep the Scroll.

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 we win, you drop the lawsuit.

If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you’re fine with.

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.

I am serious, by the way.

While it is the modern world and no actual blood will flow, settlements like this may very well be the future. Moving the legal system towards a game-based ludocracy might actually not be that ludicrous as it sounds.