Video Game Law Blog

January 25, 2006

In an earlier post some of us speculated that the USS Enterprise could defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer. (To be fair, it wasn't an a unanimous judgment, but we cleverly neglected to post the dissenting opinion).

Well, the debate has reopened–now that developer Bethesda Softworks has announced that it owns the exclusive licence to develop Star Trek games in all formats. 

This is interesting for two reasons first, it's unexpected because just last year, Activision (the previous licensee) settled its dispute with Viacom. The prevailing wisdom at the time was that Activision would keep the licence for several more years. 

The other reason this development is interesting is because Bethesda's exclusive licence apparently does not include MMORPGs.  And (here's the interesting part), this appear to be a trend. According to Gamasutra, other licensors are taking a similar approach and treating MMORPG licences separately from other game licences. 

Coverage here  http://www.shorl.com/jebrojuganodu