Game developer NovaLogic, has sued Activision over using the “Delta Force” logo and name in MW3. Their complaint states:

“There is no unit of the U.S. Army called Delta Force… There is a branch of the Army’s Special Operations known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (‘1st SF-ODD’). The U.S. Army officially denies that any unit called Delta Force exists and does not claim ownership to either the Delta Force name or the logo… The infringing mark’s lightning rod is horizontal rather than vertical and a portion of the delta sign is set behind the dagger blade rather than being superimposed.”

According to the report, Activision denied their request to change this back in May 2011 [when MW3 was announced]. Their complaint described:

As a result of defendants’ [Activision’s] wrongful conduct, NovaLogic has lost millions of dollars, possibly more,” according to the complaint. “If defendants’ infringing practices are not discontinued quickly, it is likely that the damage to NovaLogic will grow exponentially, causing more confusion in the market place, and to the reputation for quality that NovaLogic has worked so hard to establish.”

Activision hasn’t commented on the matter yet. It will be interesting to see what happens if NovaLogic wins this case. Will ATVI be forced to remove Delta Force completely from MW3? Or simply just pay a settlement to NovaLogic?

Activision is already in another legal mess with the Infinity Ward Employee Group, which yesterday ATVI paid them $42m.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Wikia

  • Wamberto

    The first time I saw the MW3 Delta Force icon I knew I’d seen it somewhere else before. This comfirms it.

  • Kevingarnettsarmpit

    Well Novalogic needs to make money some how I guess even though they should be happy Delta Force is actually in a decent game rather than the turds Novalogic crapped out into the world

  • Maverick

    Total cash grab on Novalogics part. They did not invent the name Delta Force, Its been around for a long time. Its what the common public thinks the name of 1st SF-ODD is. And they certainly didn’t invent that symbol either. Its also not an official Delta symbol, but has been used for a long time. The best part is saying they lost millions of dollars because of this. If anything they might gain a few more people willing to give their game a try.

  • That’s Sad…