The 14 Most Scandalous Legal Battles in Gaming History

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The Game’s in the Name!

Edge Games vs. EA (2013)

Tim Langdell, founder of Pasadena-based Edge Games, is perhaps best known for his mobile game Edge -- which got removed from the iTunes Store, as Kotaku reports, because its name conflicted with a new IP from EA -- Mirror's Edge. He fought back in June 2010 by suing Electronic Arts for using his trademarked name as part of the title for its new free runner game. 

This horrendously backfired for Langdell. It turned out that his trademarks for “Edge” had not been valid since 2010, and the US Patent and Trademark Office finally cancelled said trademarks in 2013. The parties reached a settlement, and each agreed to pay the other’s legal fees.

Langdell no longer owns any rights to the word “edge”, meaning more Mirror’s Edge games -- and indeed other games including the word -- can be made. He also caused a headache for UK publishers Future, who published Edge magazine. Future succeeded in their lawsuit against him, and Edge Games was denied permission to appeal.

Names mean a lot in games, but it appears Langdell may have been over -zealous. Unfortunately, the Mirror’s Edge sequel got a lackluster response and very little marketing, so here’s hoping EA will do more with another game in the franchise!

Published Jul. 6th 2017

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