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Remedy and Rockstar: Logo Dispute Resolved Amicably

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Recently, Remedy Entertainment found itself in a logo dispute with Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games. However, this potential conflict has been resolved in a surprisingly amicable manner.

Earlier in 2023, Remedy introduced a new logo featuring a stylized 'R', which caught the attention of Take-Two Interactive. The latter filed an opposition, citing a "likelihood of confusion" between Remedy's new logo and one of Take-Two's own trademarks, particularly the logo of its subsidiary, Rockstar Games.

However, in a statement, Remedy clarified that the issue had been resolved. "This was a discussion between our teams that was resolved entirely and amicably late last year," the statement read. The delay in resolution was attributed to holiday scheduling, and the legal filing was described as a mere formality.

This resolution is noteworthy, especially considering Remedy's ongoing collaboration with Rockstar on the remakes of Max Payne and Max Payne 2. Announced in April 2022, these remakes are being developed using Remedy’s Northlight game engine, known for its use in Control and Alan Wake 2. The Max Payne remakes, sold as a single package, will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

The partnership between Remedy and Rockstar dates back to 2002 when Remedy sold the rights to the Max Payne brand to Take-Two for $34 million. The current project is funded by Rockstar, with Remedy set to earn royalties after Rockstar recoups its development and marketing costs.

This incident highlights the complexities of trademark issues in the gaming industry and the importance of amicable resolutions. It also underscores the collaborative spirit that often prevails in the gaming world, even amidst potential legal disputes.

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