Today we reported about Candy Crush developer King.com setting its sights on the titles of the games of smaller studios after trademarking the word “Candy,” but that’s not all, as found by NeoGaf user Xater.
King also filed an opposition document against indie developer Stoic’s recently released and increasingly popular tactical RPG The Banner Saga, citing its own trademarks including the word “saga” as a base for oppposition due to potential confusion.
According to our research, King.com registered a whopping 84 trademarks including the word “saga” in the US, in the European Union and in Mexico. It’s also worth mentioning that they did file to trademark the “saga” word by itself, but only for class 41, which is related to the following:
Provision of computer games on line or by means of a global computer network; providing interactive multi-player computer games via the internet and electronic communication networks; multimedia publishing of computer game software and video games software; providing on-line computer games; entertainment, namely, providing on-line computer games.
The “Saga” trademark filed by King.com does not include class 9, which is the one used for video games in general. Since The Banner Saga is not an online game and its trademark is filed only under class 9, the “Saga” trademark filed by King.com should not be a valid reason for opposition, but trademark laws are murky territory, so we have no way to know how this will end for now.
We have reached out to Stoic and King.com for a comment on the issue and we’ll keep you updated on possible developments.