Proving yet again why he has become an icon amongst developers both independent and not, Markus “Notch” Persson has issued an official – and completely serious – challenge to Bethesda. The Zenimax-owned studio behind The Elder Scrolls franchise have threatened to go to court should the new game from Persson’s studio proceed with its current name of Scrolls. Markus has responded with his own method of resolution, a studio vs. studio bout of Quake 3.
“I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3,” Notch proclaimed. “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.”
He then emphasized, “I am serious, by the way.”
Bethesda (sister studio to id Software, original designers of Quake and its sequels) has yet to issue a response to Notch’s challenge. To hear the Minecraft maker’s thoughts on the lawsuit itself, check out an earlier blog on the matter posted a few weeks ago.
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