Minecraft’s Notch Challenges Bethesda to Quake 3 to Settle Lawsuit

In response to Bethesda’s lawsuit against Minecraft developer Mojang over the use of the name “Scrolls” for its upcoming trading card game, founder Markus “Notch” Persson has challenged the RPG titan to the gamer’s equivalent of Pistols at Dawn: a game of Quake 3.

In his blog, Persson wrote:

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.

Though “highest total frag count [...] across both levels” is an unconventional rule for a competitive FPS match, Persson clearly has faith in his team’s ability. While Bethesda is best known for its RPG work, RAGE and Doom 4 are two upcoming titles in its publishing pipeline, so the Bethesda staff may have been getting the FPS experience it needs to clinch a victory — in the off chance that Bethesda agrees to this preposterous challenge, of course.

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3 Comments on Minecraft’s Notch Challenges Bethesda to Quake 3 to Settle Lawsuit

KillerTruffle

On August 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

Did the writer of this article just imply that Bethesda is actually developing RAGE and Doom 4? As opposed to iD Software, who is actually doing the development while Bethesda is merely the publisher? That’s akin to saying Putnam/Penguin wrote the Jack Ryan series of novels, as opposed to Tom Clancy.

Steve

On August 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

In any event, it would be a great publicity stunt. If I were Notch, I’d also add conditions such as limiting it staff only and furthering that pool to that of corporate office or lead devs of its subsidiaries. You start dipping into game testers, level designers, and what-not, and you’ve got a ringer. Something Bethesda probably has access to at this point.

Then again, I wouldn’t put it past Notch to be friends with some ringers himself.

Robin

On August 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

“RAGE and Doom 4 are two upcoming titles in its publishing pipeline, so the Bethesda staff may have been getting the FPS experience it needs to clinch a victory”

I don’t see how that implies that they are developing these titles.

Challenge seems like a good idea to me. Whole lawsuit seems stupid and pointless. Just a way for lawyers to make money without accomplishing anything.