No Man’s Sky developer, Hello Games, has won the right to keep calling the game No Man’s Sky after a three-year legal battle with British broadcaster Sky following claims of infringement upon their name.
Hello Games founder, Sean Murray took to Twitter saying, “Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word “Sky”). We can call our game No Man’s Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over” before following up with: “This is the same folks who made Microsoft change Skydrive to Onedrive… so it was pretty serious.” before joking that “perhaps this is the real reason Skynet never happened…”
This is no the first time that Sky has come to blows over the supposed infringement of their name. In 2013 Sky did indeed have a legal battle with Microsoft over the original name of the OneDrive service which used to be called SkyDrive. Through trademark laws Sky has ownership of the word Sky and has clashed with other institutions other than Microsoft and Hello Games. It has not been detailed how much Hello Games has to pay in settlements, or if they have to pay anything at all.
No Man’s Sky is set to release on August 9th for PC and PlayStation 4 after delays pushed it back from a June release.