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IKEA sends Stop & Stop to Indie Dev’s Game of Survival Furniture Making

IKEA sends Stop & Stop to Indie Dev’s Game of Survival Furniture Making

IKEA sends Stop & Stop to Indie Dev’s Game of Survival Furniture Making

Ikea has sent a cease and desist letter to a developer Store closedan indie survival game about spending the night in a furniture store.

As I mentioned my boxlawyers representing Ikea have charged solo developer Jacob Shaw with trademark infringement and given him ten days to change parts of his game that allegedly represent the Ikea brand.

This includes a blue and yellow sign, a Scandinavian name (STYR), vertically yellow striped shirts, a gray track on the floor, and some furniture. “All of the above immediately indicates that the match is taking place in an IKEA store,” reads the lawyers’ letter.

There is no mention of Ikea on the store closed steam or Kickstarter Pages, however, Shaw maintains that he was not inspired by Ikea’s furniture for the game because he purchased a generic furniture asset pack that could be used in any game. Ikea lawyers also cite press outlets and online commentators to make a comparison between his game and Ikea.

The letter continued: “The unauthorized use of IKEA indices constitutes unfair competition and false advertising under sections 43(a) of the United States Trademark Act, 15 US C § 1125(a), and the unfair competition and false advertising laws.

“You can of course easily make a video game in a furniture store that doesn’t look like, or suggest, an IKEA store. You can easily make changes to your game to avoid these issues, especially since you don’t plan to release the game until 2024.”

IKEA sends Stop & Stop to Indie Dev’s Game of Survival Furniture Making

The store is closed. Credit: Ziggy.

Shaw has indicated that he plans to make changes to the closed store, but is seeking legal advice himself. “I was going to spend the last week of Kickstarter preparing an update for all the new alpha testers,” Shaw told Kotaku. “But now I have to desperately renew the entire look of the game so I don’t get sued.”

Although Shaw is only one developer, Entertainment has proven that any company, regardless of size, is at risk of being sued for copyright infringement. Cheater website AimJunkies has been sued by Bungie To implement cheats in Destiny 2, while Paramount is being sued for ownership (or lack of ownership) of Top Gun: Maverick.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance translator at IGN. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day long.



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