Connect with us

Gaming

MLB Considering Trademark Claim on Overwatch League Logo

blank

Published

on

blank

The Overwatch community was surprised with the announcement of the Overwatch League this past Wednesday, but the league’s legal department was given their own surprise. Major League Baseball is considering filing a trademark claim on the OWL’s logo, citing similarities in the designs.

According to law firm Morrison/Lee (which specializes in areas across entertainment, including video games and esports), trademarks approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office are published in the ‘Official Gazette.’ Companies that believe that any trademark infringes on an of theirs have 30 days to file a claim. The claims go through the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The accusing party can either oppose the trademark or request time to file the opposition. MLB chose the latter on the last day possible to file a claim, and has 90 days to review a possible case.

The reason this is such a big deal, according to Morrison/Lee, is that the similar logos potentially lead fans to believe the MLB is involved. Fans actually coming to this conclusion is unlikely, but whether or not that is possible is up to the TTAB.

The logos are definitely similar. Both feature a rounded rectangle border, with a white-silhouetted player breaking up a field of two colors. The OWL features Tracer in front of a field of Orange and Black, the MLB a baseball player in front of Red and Blue. Both also have the name of the league underneath the logo. So, it’s entirely possible that Blizzard took some inspiration from the MLB. Are they a little too similar? Probably. Would that lead an esports fan to believe a totally different league from a different sport is involved? Probably not.

mlbmlbowl logo

MLB didn’t seem to have a problem when the NBA released their new logo a year after they released theirs. The similarities are a little more striking here:

nba

Major League Gaming also has taken inspiration from the logo, but received no trademarks claims:

Major_League_Gaming_(logo).svg

It seems to be just the luck of the Overwatch League. Organizations have been dropping the game for months, and right when they get the league announced, they’re hit with this. Even if they’re forced to change it, those seven 20 million dollar league buy in spots will probably help them pay their creative team to make a new one.

Gaming

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

blank

Published

on

blank

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

Continue Reading

Gaming

Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

blank

Published

on

blank

The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

Continue Reading

Gaming

Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

blank

Published

on

blank

Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

Continue Reading

Trending