hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word

11:30 AM on 09.11.2012 // Jim Sterling
  @JimSterling

People own words, even if they're puns everybody thought of

[Note: The header image is over Matthew "Gaymer" Brown as seen on Sony's The Tester, not the trademark guy going after Reddit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.]

Although "Gaymer" has entered our cultural vernacular (even a convention's using it), the term is trademarked to a single man, Chris Vizzini. He started the Gaymer.org website in 2007, and is now exercising his right to the word -- sending a cease-and-desist to Reddit. 

Vizzini wants the /r/gaymers community to change its name or otherwise face legal action. Reddit users are concerned that their community might effectively be shut down, while Vizzini argues that he has to pursue this or otherwise risk losing his trademark altogether. He doesn't want the community to be banned, he's hoping to just have it renamed.

Unfortunately, trademarks can only be upheld if their owners are willing to challenge any and all infringement, regardless of how unpopular it makes them. Still, others argue that the word should never have been trademarked anyway, since it's such a common portmanteau that gamers have commonly used for years. 

Gaymer.org is currently down. It's not yet known if it's a result of this issue. 

Everyone's hoping for an amicable solution. Still, it's amazing what words people own these days. I never thought anybody had a "right" to a term used on message boards, at events, and on television (as per our header image). With the amount of people and products that have used it, I have to wonder how successfully the trademark's been upheld over the years.




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Jim Sterling, Former Reviews Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure JimSterling Tips
Destructoid reviews editor, responsible for running and maintaining the cutting edge videogame critique that people ignore because all they want to see are the scores at the end. Also a regular f... more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter?
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -