A Kickstarter project for an indie game called Kaiju Combat: Giant Monsters
has been put on hold, due to a trademark disagreement
with game publisher Wizards of the Coast. Soon after raising $112,513 for its $100k goal, developer Sunstone Games received an infringement notice from Wizards of the Coast. The notice claimed the name of Sunstone's game violated Wizard's "Kaijudo" trademark
, which refers to a collectible card game based on a Hasbro TV show.
Sunstone says its lawyer contacted Wizards last December to argue that "Kaiju
" (a Japanese word that means "monster") had nothing at all to do with "Kaijudo
," and they believed the matter had been settled. But this past week Wizards took the matter to Kickstarter directly, which took the project offline, claiming it was "the subject of an intellectual property dispute."
Sunstone's owner Simon Strange says he's working
as quickly as possible to get the project reinstated. Going through court costs, he says, would be prohibitive on the company's "limited development budget." Strange adds he's "hopeful" that Sunstone won't have to change the game's name.