No Man’s Sky is one of the better-titled video games in recent memory, if you ask me. Not everyone shared my opinion, though, least of all Sky TV, the largest cable TV provider in the United Kingdom. Apparently, developers Hello Games have been locked in a legal battle with Sky TV over the word “Sky” being in the title. Seriously – Sky TV apparently ‘owns’ the word ‘Sky’ and was objecting to its use in a game.
Yay! We finally settled with Sky (they own the word "Sky"). We can call our game No Man's Sky. 3 years of secret stupid legal nonsense over
— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) June 17, 2016
Thankfully, the matter has now been resolved, as is evident from the tweet by developer Sean Murray above. The game will not have to be retitled or delayed: it will apparently be releasing normally with its title intact, which means that all is well. It’s not clear what kind of settlement was eventually reached, but this is ultimately good news, at least for those like me, who like the title “No Man’s Sky”. As The Verge notes, Sky was the reason Microsoft had to change the name of their cloud service from SkyDrive to OneDrive.
No Man’s Sky will finally be releasing on August 9th, 2016, after numerous delays. It will be releasing on the PC and PS4. Are you going to buy it? Let us know in the comments below. Just before careful about using the word ‘sky’, or you might get sued by Sky.