A hot potato: Take-Two Interactive, a company that hasn’t done much to endear itself to gamers with its relentless pursuit of GTA modders, is likely to draw even more anger after news of its almost patent troll behavior. It appears that the organization has filed hundreds of trademark disputes for terms such as “Rockstar”, “2K” and “Bully”. He also attacked the developer of the co-op title It Takes Two.
Twitter user Ash R. discovered on listing disputes relating to trademarks registered by Take-Two Interactive with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It primarily targets entities using the term Rockstar, the same name as the Take-Two affiliate behind the GTA games.
Some of the contested names include “Don’t Be a Rockstar Legend”, “Rockstar and Tattoo Parlor Writers” and “Rockstar Ax Throw”.
Take-Two also filed a lawsuit against anyone using the term “2K”, another of its subsidiaries, with “Prey2K” on the list. Even “Max Fayne” and “Max Pain” can’t escape to sound too much like Max Payne from Rockstar Games. There is also one for ‘Bully free world’. He even filed lawsuits against a company that uses the letter “R” as a logo, despite having a completely different design than Rockstar.
One of the very familiar names on the list is “It takes two.” Hazelight Studio’s excellent cooperative platformer is one of our best PC games (you should play), but it seems Take-Two felt the name was too similar to his – by that logic, maybe. Kim Weston and the estate of Marvin Gaye could sue Take-Two Interactive.
Some of the trademarks have been dropped, including the one against It Takes Two, but many are still classified as ongoing.
Earlier this year, Take-Two Interactive launched legal action against four modders for their upgraded versions of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The group recently hit back by claiming that the games they created were protected by fair use under copyright law.