This indie developer goes to war with Activision and its army of lawyers


Call of Duty: Warzone was released in March 2020. A free battle royale that has taken the FPS world by storm. An instant hit that (according to Activision) was marred by the existence of a game called Warzone and released in 2017. The American publisher is now trying to get rid of it with the help of its army of lawyers. To get through, the targeted indie developer launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover its costs.

David versus Goliath

This Thursday, April 8th, an indie developer named Randy Ficker was pleasantly surprised to receive a complaint about him from Activision. Reason for this complaint? His game was released in 2017 and is called Warzone. Activision attempted to submit the name of the game but unfortunately a problem was on the way for the American giant. Activision is therefore trying to get rid of it through its army of lawyers, believing that the term “Warzone” is only associated with its battle royale.

Given the cost of the upcoming litigation, Ficker has launched a crowdfunding campaign. US $ 50,000 is requested and all donations will be used to fuel this David-like duel against Goliath. The complaint found here states: “It is inconceivable that any member of the public could confuse the two products.” But if we fuckers are to believe, many of the messages from Call of Duty: Warzone players thinking of bringing up Activision are puzzled. On the Twitch platform in particular, the indie gaming site is full of players sharing their games on the Battle Royale.

Many gamers appear to be confusing the two games, despite what Activision claims in its complaint. In addition, the American publisher is of the opinion that it “has continuously promoted and promoted Call of Duty: Warzone as a member of the Call of Duty franchise”. However, as Ficker points out on the official Activision website, the Call of Duty: Warzone poster has been raised slightly so that only the term “Warzone” remains.

For his part, Ficker has dedicated his life to developing indie games. The last great decade of his life focused on making one game: WarLight. The sequel, called Warzone, is a turn-based multiplayer strategy game inspired by the popular Risk board game. A gameplay far from the FPS view of Call of Duty: Warzone.

A jackpot that is growing

As of this writing, Ficker has raised a whopping $ 12,867 through his crowdfunding campaign. This campaign was only created 22 hours ago and could achieve its goal in the coming days. Still, let’s hope that this independent developer manages to hold its own against a giant like Activision, who believes that its extraordinary resources can destroy the unwanted. Like it or not the video game giant, Ficker is in its rights.

And for good reason, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office merely explains, it should be noted that if your company has a similar sector to the other company, your company used the trade name first. The rights then go back to the company that first used the name. And in the case of Warzone versus Call of Duty: Warzone, the debate seems pointless. If you want to help Randy Ficker, you can find his crowdfunding campaign here.