'DestinyCon' Trademark Registered By Bungie
It appears that Bungie is getting ready to host their own convention centered on their popular shooter RPG "Destiny." Game conventions are held yearly like Blizzard Entertainment's "BlizzCon," which showcases various products from the publisher. Activision also manages another convention for its "Call of Duty" franchise, but it seems like the company intends to host a new one featuring one of their biggest IPs and call it "DestinyCon."
The developer reportedly filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It was apparently noted under fan conventions and is set to feature the intergalactic FPS RPG and filed under classification 41, says Dualshockers. Sources claim that the developer's move does not signify that a convention is being prepared, but it gives them the ownership of the name.
Since Bungie filed the trademark with an "intent-to-use," they are required to use "DestinyCon" in the next two and half years, otherwise they will lose the rights to that trademark. While the news might excite some players, another fan-initiated convention for "Destiny" has some of its participants worried. Professor Broman, King Gothalion and Kevin Murray initiated a convention called "Destiny Community Con" last year.
The team was apparently very careful to avoid calling their project something similar to what the developer just trademarked. As an added measure, right after their first event, the trio renamed their event "GuardianCon." Their 2017 event is scheduled on June 30 in Tampa Florida. Despite some fans getting worried about the trademark action affecting their event, the organizers tweeted to assure the community that their convention will continue, reports Game Rant.
The "GuardianCon" team pointed out that Bungie's move to trademark "DestinyCon" might be IP protection related. The developer has not issued any official comment about their recent action. However, sources believe that an official developer-sponsored convention doesn't appear to be in the works anytime soon.