Bethesda lawyers threaten Notch

Allegedly infringes Elder Scrolls trademark.

Bethesda has accused Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson of infringing an Elder Scrolls trademark.

Scrolls is Notch and his studio Mojang's Minecraft follow up. The fantasy-based interactive collectible card game, which is without a release date, places an emphasis on strategy and tactics.

"Just got a letter from Bethesta's [sic] lawyers," Notch wrote on Twitter. "They claim 'Scrolls' infringes on their trademark and everyone will confuse it with Skyrim."

Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, due out in November, is currently being shown to press at QuakeCon in the US.

Notch also published a picture of the 15-page cease and desist letter, which details the alleged trademark infringement.

"I still <3 Bethesda," he said. "This is hopefully just lawyers being lawyers."

Bethesda issued Eurogamer with a "no comment" on the matter this afternoon.

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