Bethesda-parent-company Zenimax Media Inc recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the creator of upcoming mobile game Fortress Fallout, declaring that the name infringed upon their Fallout series and threatened legal consequences if the name wasn’t changed.
Fortress Fallout’s maker is Jordan Maron, aka YouTube personality CaptainSparklez, who has amassed an audience of over 8.3 million subscribers in his 4 and a half years on YouTube. In a video yesterday and on his Twitter page, he discussed the letter he had received from ZeniMax. He states in the video that he is only acceding due to ZeniMax’s financial state and because they “wouldn’t be afraid to fire a lawsuit”
“Our lawyers have said that Bethesda is a notoriously litigious company,” Jordan states. “Obviously they have lots of money and resources at their disposal which we don’t really have at the moment… I personally don’t see how there is any confusion between the Fortress Fallout and the Fallout games.”
Fortress Fallout is a 2D competitive strategy game in which players have to place troops to crumble an opponent’s castle and destroy their core. The game is currently seeking beta testers for iOS and Android, and is set to release soon, according to Fortress Fallout’s Twitter page. Fallout from Bethesda is an open-world RPG franchise – some suspicion that Fallout 4 was going to be released arised when Bethesda announced they’d be doing an E3 conference for the first time ever.
This isn’t the first time ZeniMax have launched a cease-and-desist on a game’s title. Back in 2012, creators of popular sandbox game Minecraft, Mojang, were creating a game called Scrolls – ZeniMax declared that this was infringing on the Elder Scrolls trademark. A legal settlement between the two companies allowed the game to go ahead but for no sequels to be created under the same name.
Source: CaptainSparklez (Jordan Maron.)