Jacob Shaw is an independent developer working on a curious PC game called The Store is Closed. In it, we will be trapped in an infinite furniture store whose dependent mutants try to end our lives. To survive, we have no choice but to explore and take advantage of the furniture we find to create improvised weapons.
The IKEA Lawsuit Threat
However, this original survival game with cooperative possibilities has encountered an unforeseen problem in its development: IKEA, the Swedish furniture store giant, has threatened to sue its creator alleging that the game has elements that are very similar to the signs of identity of this brand.
Among them, they mention that the store where it takes place has a Scandinavian name and that its logo is a poster that uses a blue background with yellow letters, that the building is shaped like a box, that the uniform of the enemies is identical to that of the IKEA staff and that the furniture also bears a great resemblance to his.
Yes ok from IKEA they do not ask that the game be canceled, I know that they require deep changes in their different aesthetic elements so that there is no way to relate the contents of the title with those of your brand. As Shaw has told PC Gamer, he will heed this threat and comply with everything they have asked of him, since he does not want to be sued.
Those, The problem is that IKEA’s requirements are too vague and some of them are not clear on how to meet them.. For example, the Swedish giant has requested that the furniture “does not look like IKEA furniture”, but the truth is that Shaw bought a pack of generic furniture models to use in the title, so he would like them to be more specific.
If you are interested in this project, you can visit its Steam page. In addition, next We leave you with a couple of images that Shaw has shared to show several of the changes he is making.