Our long national nightmare is finally over. ZeniMax and Mojang have come to an agreement as to the use of the Scrolls name.
According to the release coming out of ZeniMax and Bethesda, things have worked out in kind of an odd fashion. The case originally brought to light that Bethesda Softworks’ (parented by ZeniMax and producer of the Elder Scrolls series of RPGs) had taken issue with Mojang Games using the name Scrolls for a digital card game.
The long and the short of the agreement that’s been reached is that Mojang gets to use the name with it being licensed to them by ZeniMax, who still officially owns the title in question. ZeniMax is assigned ownership of any trademarks that might still be pending as well. Mojang cannot use the name if they produce any sequels BUT still gets to use Scrolls as a title for any expansions for the original game. Got all that?
“We are pleased to have settled this matter with Mojang amicably,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax. “The Elder Scrolls is an important brand to us, and with this settlement we were able to protect our valuable property rights while allowing Mojang to release their digital card game under the name they preferred.”
What a long strange trip. I honestly can’t imagine how the name ‘Scrolls’ could have made anyone confuse a card game with an ‘Elder Scrolls’ title, but maybe that’s just me.