For more than six decades, people have played YAHTZEE. All it takes to get started are dice. Then players can shout as much as they would like to stay true to the name. While so many games have gone digital, YAHTZEE has remained offline. That changes because Hasbro, who owns the rights to the game, has partnered with Scopely to release a version of YAHZTEE for mobile devices.
Just a few days ago, Rovio released its new role-playing and turn-based game called the Angry Birds Epic and is about to release the Angry Bird Stella later this year. However, this hasn’t stopped the Finnish game maker from working on another title.
Rovio announced today that it is working with Hasbro to release the Angry Birds Transformers that will come with the Angry Birds characters combined with those from the Transformers movie.
In addition, both the companies are working together to release new products such as the telepod along with the mobile game. Not much is known about the upcoming game but Rovio’s site states that the game will come soon, which could mean that it will be around the same time Angry Birds Stella hits. Hit the break for the full press release.
In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized. Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product. The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware. In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:
“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”
The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard. In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.
“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”