Rights to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise in dispute; does bitComposer or GSC Game World own the rights?
Here's something of a case of "he said, she said". On Wednesday, bitComposer Entertainment cheerfully claimed to have purchased the "exclusive worldwide rights" to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise from the late Boris Natanovich Strygatsky, who passed away back in November. Pretty cool, right?
Apparently, if GSC Game World is correct, it's a bald-faced lie.
Just a day after the press release about bitComposer's acquisition started circulating, GSC Game World published a blog post of its own; to call it "scathing" seems rather accurate.
"In view of the rumors appearing in press," it begins, "we find it necessary to inform that GSC Game World and Sergey Grigorovich remain to be sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and the brand overall, including all the trademarks, the game universe, the technology etc. This can easily be verified with the trademark services online."
"We have doubts," it continues, "regarding the mentioned product by bitComposed (the publisher of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat on some territories), since the latter has significant debts in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the existing contract between our companies."
We'll have to wait and see what comes of this; legal battles may be on the horizon.
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