Cooking Mama creator is suing Planet Entertainment over Cookstar

Office Create, the developer behind Cooking Mama, has sued Planet Entertainment over various issues surrounding Cooking Mama: Cookstar.

Around the time of the game’s release, the two companies were battle for the title. According to Office Create, Cooking Mama: Cookstar was released against the company’s request. To elaborate further, Office Create felt it didn’t meet quality standards and a PS4 version was marketed, despite not being part of the original licensing agreement.

Planet Entertainment was eventually taken to court where it was eventually sued. The International Chamber of Commerce ruled in favor of Office Create – which also saw a ban on sale – finding Cooking Mama: Cookstar infringed on intellectual property rights. Office Create is also taking all legal action to withdraw the title from the market.

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for your patronage of the “Cooking Mama” series.

As we reported to you in April 2020, Planet Entertainment LLC (headquartered in Connecticut, USA; hereinafter referred to as “Planet”) broke our license agreement and we released the Nintendo Switch version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which the Quality did not meet standards without our permission and launched sales activities in North America, Europe and Australia. Additionally, in the United States and Europe, we have begun promoting sales of the Sony PlayStation 4 version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which we did not upfront in our license agreement. In response, on March 30, 2020, we notified Planet of the immediate termination of the license agreement and immediately prohibited the use of our intellectual property rights related to “Cooking Mama”.

Despite this, Planet continues to sell the Nintendo Switch version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar and even the Sony PlayStation 4 version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar worldwide, except Asia, without our permission. It’s time to begin.

That’s why we have personally sued Planet and its CEO Steve Grossman in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for unauthorized manufacturing and production of the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions of Cooking Mama: Cookstar. We had applied for arbitration due to a sales ban etc. and on October 3rd, 2022 the ICC Arbitration Court made a final decision.

In that final ruling, the ICC tribunal found that Planet and Mr. Grossman were not authorized to manufacture and sell “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” for both the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions, and that the unauthorized Cooking Mama: Cookstar was found to be infringing on our intellectual property rights. In addition, the ICC Arbitration Panel prohibited Planet and Mr. Grossman from any action that misleads the Company as a result of intellectual property rights infringement, unfair competition, etc. Sentenced to pay damages.

In order to protect the “Cooking Mama” series, which is an important asset, and to win the patronage of our customers, we have taken all legal measures to withdraw “Cooking Mama: Cookstar”, manufactured and distributed by Planet, from the market . We sincerely apologize for the great confusion and inconvenience caused to our long-time customers of Cooking Mama as a result of Planet’s and Mr. Grossman’s illegal actions.

It’s worth noting that Cooking Mama: Cookstar isn’t currently available on the Switch eShop. However, it is possible that physical copies still exist in the wild.

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