The strange but very serious dispute between the editor of Mom who cooks: Cookstar and the company that owns the intellectual property rights to Cooking Mama has reached a turning point. The owner, Japanese publisher Office Create, claimed that the 2020s mom who cooks: Cookstar was an unauthorized project – and the International Court of Arbitration agreed, clearing the way for Office Create to have the game removed from digital and retail storefronts.
It’s a messy complaint, but the bottom line for gamers is that Cooking Mama’s first console edition since 2008 may be pulled from sale because Connecticut-based publisher Planet Entertainment was not allowed to release. the game. arbitration awardrendered in October, ruled that Planet Entertainment owed Office Create more than $20.9 million in profits it made from Mom who cooks: Cookstarsales on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Planet Entertainment also owes an additional $2.37 million to cover milestone payments the arbitrator said it must repay and Office Create’s legal fees. In addition, Planet Entertainment must destroy all copies of games and intellectual property assets still in its possession. Finally, the judgment also states that Planet Entertainment must “refrain from impersonating, inducing, or permitting others to sell or pass off any product as a Cooking Mama product,” unless such product is manufactured or authorized by Office Create itself.
“Office Create is taking all necessary steps to ensure that counterfeit ‘Cooking Mama: Cookstar’ video games (digital and physical copies) are removed from the marketplace,” the publisher said Thursday in a statement published on its website.
At the time of publication, Mom who cooks: Cookstar was not listed on either the Nintendo Store or the PlayStation Store (apparently it was only briefly available on the Nintendo storefront back in 2020). GameStop also didn’t have a listing for the game, although Amazon does have several.
Funnily enough, Planet Entertainment released a game called Yum Yum Cookstar for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, through those consoles’ storefronts, on October 4.
In 2020, as Mom who cooks: Cookstar was preparing to launch, Office Create said the game submitted by Planet Entertainment did not meet its standards, and Office Create wanted developer 1st Playable Productions to provide fixes. Planet Entertainment instead released the game as it was, and Office Create later terminated its license agreement with the company for “intentional material breach of license contact”.
At the time, Planet Entertainment said it was fully within its rights to publish Mom who cooks: Cookstar and that Office Create had requested changes that were “out of the scope of [the] tuning and game design.
Polygon has reached out to Planet Entertainment for comment and will update this article with any information we receive.