“Hey, my name is Randy, and Activision has sued for being an independent game developer.” This is how Randy Vicker, the creator of a browser and mobile game called Warzone, started out GoFundMe Page. Ficker and Activision participate in prof Trademark dispute over the Warzone name as applied to a video game, And things are getting hot.
Ficker is launched War zone In 2017. Activision launched Call of Duty: Warzone in 2020. As Ficker says at GoFundMe, “The law is clear: If you use a name in commerce before someone else, they cannot sue you for rights to that name.”
Meanwhile, Activision’s complaint states that while Call of Duty: Warzone is not available on mobile devices, Defendant’s Warzone is one of the many “Warzone” games available online as a browser-based game or on distribution platforms. Mobile phone. ”Then it goes to the list of 16 examples. However, it seems that all games called“ Warzone ”date back to after Ficker, while those released before it, such as Anomaly: Warzone Earth from 2011, use variations In the name Ficker appears to have been the first to launch Warzone.
(Anomaly: Warzone Earth is available on PC Plus mobile, by the way, and it was introduced to Xbox Live Arcade in 2012. I mention this out of a totally love of facts.
The reason Activision complained about making such a big deal about Ficker’s Warzone’s availability on mobile and browsers is to demonstrate that there is no risk of anyone mistaking the two. “Call of Duty: Warzone couldn’t be more different from Defendant, a low-budget, dedicated virtual board game like Hasbro’s Risk,” as Activision’s legal team bluntly says in a deceptive manner. For the public to confuse the two products or think that they are related or related to each other. “
Vickers argues this. As a guide, present Twitch category he created for Warzone, Which clearly shows his game logo at the top. I had to scroll down after 25 people flocking to Call of Duty: Warzone, and one from Fortnite, to find a player streaming the game it’s meant to be for. (Welcome, Biopilot 17) “The regular players in my game are frustrated by this,” writes Ficker, “but it seems unimaginable to Activision that this will happen.”
Ficker also mentions that Call of Duty players contacted him “about how their xbox devices were not connected, or how the PS4 was hacked, and how they would like to carry their teammates” and that “Activision’s actions buried us on Google and the app stores, where we used to be the result.” First for our name. “
This is why he raised the money to sue the publisher, promising that “100% of the money raised in GoFundMe will be used directly in the legal battle against Activision.” Immediately, He donated 431 people and collected 12,094 of his $ 50,000 goal.