Take-Two Interactive hits indie game It Takes Two with trademark claim

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Josef Fares' co-op indie title It Takes Two was forced to abandon its trademark after a claim by Take-Two Interactive, according to documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Take-Two filed the claim on October 26, 2020, and developer Hazelight Studios abandoned its trademark on March 30, 2021, four days after the game's launch. In a statement to Eurogamer, Hazelight acknowledged it had to abandon the trademark due to Take-Two's claim, said it remained hopeful the "ongoing disputes" could be resolved, but did not comment on how it affected the game's performance, or any plans to change the name for a sequel or future release.

Other documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show Take-Two has an extensive history of filing claims like this, not just for the name Take-Two, but for anything even close to their subsidiaries or brands, including trademarks containing the words rockstar, social club, or bully. Examples include clothing brand Max Fayne, retailer Project 1920 for its slogan "Don't Be a Rockstar, Be a Legend" (which appears to be based on a quote attributed to Freddie Mercury), artist and holistic healer Jennifer Charton for her company Goddess Rockstar Arts, and business consultation firm Restaurant Rockstars LLC. There's even a claim against Obschestvo s ogranichennoy otvetstvennostyu "AytiReks Grupp Bel" for its logo, which is infringing on the Rockstar logo of a simple R. The offending logo can be seen below on the left, next to Rockstar's logo for comparison on the right.

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Earlier this year, Take-Two also took legal action against the GTA fan community for several mods, including the popular reverse-engineering projects.

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iirc satoshi tajiri only says yay or nay to ideas in core games after gen 2 he departed from development (which personally i feel attributed to pokemon core games turn to hot garbage personally though from pokemon's perspective trademark law should be held by the developer (Game Freak in this example) not the parent company same with Take 2 and GTA Rock* created GTA they should decide on what to do with it not the bastards at take 2
It's no secret at all that Ash Ketchum is Tajiri's self insert. Unfortunately, that just makes me resent him as a character even more. The dude is such an imbecile that, for as much as I was enjoying everything else about gen 7 pokemon, I couldn't tolerate two episodes of the like series because Ash is still the same offensively stupid personage he was from gen 1.

I don't even want to hear it from any fanboys trying to say something like "but but the JP is better"... No, eff that. They've had literal decades to work on this, to not have localization of the script nailed down. I refuse to accept that excuse for other m, and I sure as hell won't accept it for a series with this many episodes under its metaphorical belt.

Detective Pikachu as a movie was the first movie in as many years I've actually enjoyed, and ultimately came to realize that because they didn't have to pander to Tajiri by forcing Ash Ketchum in, they were able to have a better story as a result.
 

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It's no secret at all that Ash Ketchum is Tajiri's self insert. Unfortunately, that just makes me resent him as a character even more. The dude is such an imbecile that, for as much as I was enjoying everything else about gen 7 pokemon, I couldn't tolerate two episodes of the like series because Ash is still the same offensively stupid personage he was from gen 1.

I don't even want to hear it from any fanboys trying to say something like "but but the JP is better"... No, eff that. They've had literal decades to work on this, to not have localization of the script nailed down. I refuse to accept that excuse for other m, and I sure as hell won't accept it for a series with this many episodes under its metaphorical belt.

Detective Pikachu as a movie was the first movie in as many years I've actually enjoyed, and ultimately came to realize that because they didn't have to pander to Tajiri by forcing Ash Ketchum in, they were able to have a better story as a result.
I enjoyed Detective Pikachu too!!!
 
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