Whilst in San Francisco late last month we heard the news that Lucasfilm had finally won the lawsuit over the rights to the card game Sabacc. This case didn’t receive much press attention, and the only article we can find relating to this hearing is from the Law Journal Newsletters in early October.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California oversaw the litigation for Lucasfilm against Ren Ventures Ltd, and Lucasfilm were awarded a permanent injunction. The court ruled a payment to Lucasfilm of $470,000 in damages, and Ren Ventures also agreed to voluntarily surrender the Sabacc trademark acquired for their app version of the game.
The name Sabacc is now with its rightful owner after being a part of Star Wars lore for over four decades, and as recently seen on screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This judgement means that we’re likely to get some Sabacc based\named products in due course too; for example the Han Solo Card Game from Hasbro, released to coincide with Solo, can now be re-released as Sabacc.
We congratulate Lucasfilm on proving they had the winning hand!