Hello Games has been in a secret three year legal dispute with Sky over the user of the word “Sky” in the title of No Man’s Sky, Hello Games founder Sean Murray has revealed.
Thankfully this has now been settled, though the terms have not been revealed.
“Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word “Sky”). We can call our game No Man’s Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over,” Tweeted Murray.
“This is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive… so it was pretty serious.
“On the plus side perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened…”
Games have had similar issues with naming in the past, including Mojang’s Scrolls potentially infringing on Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls trademark, and The Banner Saga doing the same with King’s Saga line of games. Both situations were resolved.
The most famous case is probably that of of Tim Langdell’s EDGE trademark, which was cancelled back in April 2013.