Wales Interactive Facing Legal Threat Due to Maid of Sker Advertising
The owner of the real Sker House is not too happy seeing the house used in advertising for the Maid of Sker game.
Last week Wales Interactive announced an upcoming horror title Maid of Sker which is set within a remote hotel known as Sker House. However, there’s been some legal issues as detailed by a report from Eurogamer.
Sker House is actually a real property based in Wales, and while the house isn’t featured in the game it is instead replaced with a fictitious hotel. The press release that was sent out on the day of the Maid of Sker announcement does include mentions of the game taking place around the grounds of Sker House.
According to a conversation with Eurogamer, the estate keeper of Sker House said they had discovered Maid of Sker after seeing an Instagram post featuring the house itself, with the name tagged and advertised as a haunted building.
“While the estate manager told me they were considering legal action over the issue, Wales Publishing contends it is within its rights to publish details on the existence of Sker House and The Maid of Sker story.”
Wales Interactive told Eurogamer:
“We believe [estate manager] is irate because of trespassers – possibly ghost hunters – on the grounds taking pictures of the house because of the Maid of Sker game announcement.”
“Perhaps it’s to do with the fact it’s Halloween and Sker House is renowned for its haunting history that’s inspired many stories over the years. Whatever the reason, we are well within our rights to mention the history of the house.”
“Since the game announcement – and as a courtesy to the contact – we have edited our content to tone down the use of Sker House and have not used any pictures of the real house. However, this is not a legal requirement.”
The building itself is rather popular and has been featured in various online articles because of its history and has a Wikipedia page detailing its rough location. The building also used to be open to the public due to an agreement between the previous owners and new owners, but that agreement ended in 2013. Since then the new owner has kept the building cordoned off from the public.
Maid of Sker is planned to launch in Q3 2019 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.