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No Man’s Sky wins secret legal battle with Sky over the ‘sky’ bit because you can own single words apparently

Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray has revealed No Man's Sky's three year legal fight over the word ‘Sky.’ Apparently the broadcaster of the same name is pretty zealously guarding that three letter word. 

It might sound ridiculous but, as Sean points out, the TV giant went up against Microsoft, over its cloud storage when it was originally going to be called ‘SkyDrive’, forcing a change to OneDrive. So, as stupid as legal ownership of a single word might be, it’s a pretty big deal that Hello Games won. 

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It's possible this could have contributed to No Man's Sky's recent delay. Changing a name is a big deal when you've spent years building up brand awareness, so the team are probably quite pleased to keep the title everyone knows about. And Sean at least is seeing the humour in the situation.

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Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's guides coordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website.  I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.