Real-Life Cossacks of Russia Demand $4 Million from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Devs
Atamans Council intends to go to International Court of Justice
Atamans Council of Russia decided to sue a Ukrainian company GSC Game World, the authors of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, for unlawful use of the word "Cossack" in their famous RTS game series. They want to get about $4 million of compensation in total — specifically, 10% from the devs profit over the past 17 years.
The Cossacks game series was created back in 2001. It’s a classic RTS game that lets you control Cossacks in the Eastern Europe setting of 17-18th centuries. The last installment in the franchise, a remake of the first game renamed as Cossacks 3, was released on PC in 2016.
Historically, Cossacks were formed in the Russian Empire of the 16th century as a military force that guarded the country’s borderline against invasions of enemy’s groups. Hundreds of years later, Cossacks still exist as a part of the Russian military — they are supported by local laws.
Real Cossacks say that only they have a right to use their name and brand, Cossack. Cossack General and Head of the Cossacks Counterintelligence Service Gennady Kovalev revealed that the organization’s international lawyers already consulted them on this matter and assured that they have rightful claims on their name. They will prove that using real historical documents.
Another Cossack General Alexander Malanin points out that first Cossacks appeared in other parts of ancient Rus 400 years before they came to Ukraine:
Zaporizhzhya, Don Cossacks appeared only 400 years after the first written mention of the Ryazan Cossacks as a people in the chronicles of the 12th century. Don, Ural, Semirechensky, Terek Cossacks remember their Ryazan ancestors even without their chronicle. Ukrainian people, apparently, forgot.
The Cossacks want to distribute the money that they’d acquire among their people:
If everything works out, we want the Ukrainian Cossacks to get the money, to be given to each personally. This is about €8000 for each Cossack of Ukraine, which will be very helpful for them.
Until the lawsuit is settled, they will solicit to freeze the developers’ bank accounts.
The Cossack General is sure that this loss of money won’t hurt GSC Game World — and he mistakenly assumes that the Ukrainian company owns the Warcraft franchise:
The owner won’t go bankrupt, they still have S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Warcraft, and Chernobyl.