I didn’t see this coming, but I’m proud and happy that it happened. For those of you who’ve been following the ongoing saga of Tim Langdell, the man whose single claim to fame is that he once owned the word “edge,” you’ll see this as the end of the line. Which is sort of like an edge itself.
After recently losing all U.S. rights to his trademark on the word “edge,” and caught falsifying evidence to back up the spurious claim, Langdell has received one more slap in the face: the International Game Developers Association Board of Directors, in a rare good move, have revoked his membership in perpetuity, stripping the disgraced CEO – once an IGDA director himself – of voting rights and access to Association programs. Which admittedly don’t amount to much, but then, it’s more about the message than the punishment.
Langdell also faces what will likely become a hailstorm of punitive lawsuits from companies and individuals he’s victimized over the years, likely starting with Mobigame, the small indie developer whose iPhone game Edge ignited the firestorm that led to the trademark troll’s downfall. But if I were Langdell, I’d be a little more worried about the likely lawsuits from David Mamet, New Line Cinema, Bandai-Namco, and EA. Call me petty, but I’m kind of enjoying the fact that Dr. Langdell is about to feel quite profoundly how me made others feel for so many years. Payback’s a bitch.
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