Remember the ongoing feud between Cooking Mama: Cookstar Planet Entertainment publisher and series rights holder Office Create dating back to 2020? Well, in an update, Planet has been sued by Office Create.
There was actually a fallout between the two parties prior to the game’s release in 2020, but Planet Entertainment pushed ahead and released the game worldwide in both digital and physical form. IP Office Create’s owner at the time posted an official statement, calling it an “unauthorized release”.
ICC seems to have sided with Office Create in the end – acknowledging how Cooking Mama: Cookstar infringes intellectual property rights. Office Create is now looking to take all remaining physical copies off the market. It appears that digital copies have already been removed from sale.
Here is a rough translation of the latest update from Office Create, via their official website:
Thank you very much for your sponsorship of “Cooking Mama”.
As we reported to you in April 2020, Planet Entertainment LLC (headquartered in Connecticut, USA; hereinafter referred to as “Planet”) has breached our license agreement and released a Nintendo Switch version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which did not meet the quality Standards, without our permission, has started sales activities in North America, Europe and Australia. Additionally, in the US and Europe, we have begun to announce the sale of the Sony PlayStation 4 version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar”, which we had not granted in our licensing agreement in the first place. In response, on March 30, 2020, Planet notified us of the immediate termination of the License Agreement and immediately prohibited the use of our intellectual property rights related to “Cooking Mama”.
Despite this, Planet continues to sell the Nintendo Switch version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” without our permission, and is even selling the Sony PlayStation 4 version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” worldwide, except for Asia. It’s time to start.
As such, we have personally sued Planet and its CEO Steve Grossman before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration for unauthorized production and production of the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions of Cooking Mama: Cookstar. We filed an arbitration claim seeking a sales ban, etc., and on October 3, 2022, the ICC Court of Arbitration issued a final judgment.
In this final judgment, the ICC Court of Arbitration found that Planet and Mr. Grossman did not have authority to manufacture and sell “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” for both the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions, and that “Cooking Mama: Cookstar has been found to have infringed their copyright.” In addition, the ICC Arbitration Court banned Planet and Mr. Grossman from taking any actions that mislead the company on the grounds of infringement of intellectual property rights, unfair competition, etc. and ordered damages to be paid.
In order to protect the important assets of the “Cooking Mama” chain and win the patronage of our customers, we have taken all legal measures to remove “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” made and sold by Planet from the market. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and great inconvenience caused to the longtime sponsors of Cooking Mama by the illegal actions of Planet and Mr. Grossman.
You can learn more about this long story in our previous Nintendo Life coverage:
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