Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson has pledged to go the distance with Bethesda over the Elder Scrolls publisher's legal claim that Mojang's forthcoming Scrolls game infringes its copyright.

Notch told Wired that "it's a bogus claim" and "if we're going to court, I will fight this for as long as it takes."

He also noted that Bethesda itself has released several one-word-named games that share a noun with older titles, offering its new FPS Rage and classic Sega brawler Streets of Rage as an example.

Earlier this week, Notch offered to settle the dispute via a game of Quake 3 with Bethesda developers. The publisher is apparently yet to respond to the request - which, Notch told Wired, might be a blessing.

"If it came to a Quake III tournament, I have a feeling we just might have to change the name," he explained, noting that Bethesda is home to several professional Quake players. "In retrospect, Quake III might have been a poor choice."

That said, he argued that the Quake duel could "bring both parties a lot of good PR."

Bethesda has not responded to any of Eurogamer's requests for comment on the story.

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