Remember the ongoing dispute between Cooking Mama: Cookstar publisher Planet Entertainment and series rights holder Office Create, dating back to 2020? Well, in an update, Planet has now been sued by Office Create.
There was indeed a dispute between the two parties before the game’s release in 2020, but Planet Entertainment went ahead anyway and released the game worldwide in digital and physical formats. Then-IP holder Office Create released an official statement calling it an “unauthorized release.”
It appears that the International Chamber of Commerce finally sided with Office Create – recognizing that the release of Cooking Mama: Cookstar infringes intellectual property rights. Office Create is now attempting to withdraw any remaining physical copies from the market. Digital copies have apparently already been withdrawn from sale.
Here’s a rough translation of Office Create’s latest update via the official website:
Thank you very much 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 infringe our intellectual property rights. In addition, the ICC Arbitration Panel prohibited Planet and Mr. Grossman from any actions taken by the company based on intellectual property rights infringement, unfair competition, etc .to mislead.
In order to protect the important assets of the Cooking Mama series and gain the patronage of our customers, we have taken all legal steps to withdraw Cooking Mama: Cookstar, manufactured and distributed by Planet. 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.
You can learn more about this long story in our previous Nintendo Life coverage: