Eurogamer.net’s great summary + new inside information!
About a month ago I reported gleefully that one of my favorite games on the iPhone, Edge, had returned to the American app store. I celebrated by referring several of my friends, who were all quite impressed after buying the game. Well, it looks like the legal battle between Mobigames and Tim Langdell is raging on. Eurogamer.net has been following the story, and has received feedback and emails from both Mobigames and Tim to display.
All I can say is this: Langdell appears to be one shady character.
A quick example:
Mobigames proposed changing the name of their game from “Edge” to “Edgy”. In response to this, Langdell went and copyrighted “Edgy” the next day. His quote about why he did it was this, “In hindsight it was a misunderstanding, probably in part caused by David Papazian’s less than perfect English.” Interesting. I’ve emailed David back and forth many times over the past couple months, and his English has been absolutely flawless.
Anyways, it’s pretty much impossible to read the article without becoming enraged at a man who has seemingly made a living out of suing and licensing anyone under the sun who uses the word “Edge” in their products. Perhaps he has the right to do so? You can decide for yourself after checking out the full article, written by Simon Parkin. A good read, indeed.
We received an anonymous tip from a member of the IGDA (International Game Developers Association), which is a group that works to help promote and assist young game development companies. Tim Langdell was recently elected into a position on the board of IGDA, which was a surprise to many. Since his recent actions relating to several copyright infringement cases, the IGDA has actually sent out an email to it’s members, stating it’s concern with Langdell’s motives. I won’t post the entire thing, but here’s a nice quote:
Many of us believe that this is a gross misrepresentation and feel that Tim
Langdell is able to use his position on the board of the IGDA to work
directly against the mission of the organization. As IGDA members with
voting rights, it is our responsibility to elect a board that we can trust
to represent us. But no election system is perfect and sometimes corrections
need to be made.
Them be strong words! The IGDA mentioned specific instances of Langdell using his position on the board to help further his credibility as a current game developer to the help in his cases. The end of the email actually links to a petition to it’s members about assembling a meeting to reconsider Tim’s place on the board. It will happen if 10% of the members sign the petition.
You can’t make this stuff up guys, this is industry drama at it’s best! If you’re interested in continuing with this case, let me know and I’ll be sure to follow it on the site. I should mention that I am in no way involved in the legal system, so anything I say here is pure conjecture and observation!