Josef Fares' It Takes Two hit by Take-Two claim

It Takes Two, the latest game from Brothers: A Two Sons’ Josef Fares, has been hit by a trademark claim from Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two.

The acclaimed co-op puzzler about a pair of divorcing parents was struck by a trademark claim shortly after being released earlier this year, it has emerged. Records show developer Hazelight was subsequently forced to abandon ownership of the name.

In a statement to Eurogamer this week, a Hazelight spokesperson said the studio “cannot comment on ongoing disputes”, but the team was “hopeful it will be resolved”.

Still, Hazelight did not dispute it had been forced to abandon the trademark to its game because of Take-Two – something which can be seen in this notice of abandonment sent to the US Patent Office shortly after Take-Two’s claim was filed.

The team also did not comment on how this had impacted Hazelight’s ability to sell or market It Takes Two currently, any plans to rename the game, or ideas for any potential sequel.

Eurogamer has contacted Take-Two for comment.

It Takes Two is the latest victim in a volley of trademark and copyright claims from publisher Take-Two, and just one of dozens of claims issued this year against a wide array of businesses and products.

US Patent Office records show Take-Two is behind filings to contest numerous names with connections to the words “rockstar”, “social club”, “mafia”, “civilization” and more.

These include a Beijing company’s trademark of the brand “Starrocks”, the name of clothing brand Max Fayne, plus numerous restaurants, tattoo parlours and other small businesses who had used the word “rockstar” in their name.

“Think Like A Rockstar”, a brand behind music books for live performances, abandoned its trademark after Take-Two’s legal claim.

“Rockstar Axe Throwing”, a Florida-based axe-throwing company, is meanwhile trying to oppose Take-Two’s trademark grab.

Take-Two lawyers have also been busy going after fan-made GTA mods and reverse engineering projects.

“This is a rare kind of co-op experience, with an energy and imagination and playfulness that sometimes rivals Nintendo’s,” our Bertie wrote in Eurogamer’s It Takes Two review, recommending the game. “As a toy, it can be a joy, and it will create some co-op moments to remember.”


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